It was the usual setting for a lecture in the Blue Room: the full presence of the English Department in a typically jolly mood, and, of course, AC with his trusty camera. Of course, this was no usual lecture, but the termly Monro Lecture, and not just that either – AFCN’s very first one since joining us here at Radley. His topic was Harold Pinter, and the title was ‘Is this supposed to be funny?’ The relevance of the topic made it particularly interesting, as we learned of the shift in style of the playwright: from attempting to entertain the audience, to the writer writing based on his own emotions.
Filled with, as Dr. Rhodes put it, “irony wrapped in irony”, we heard Mr. Nash talk passionately at length about why Pinter was his playwright of choice, followed by some fantastic readings of some of Pinter’s passages, starring the whole of the English Department. It was a change, and a welcome one, to hear a don able to convey to the boys one of his passions outside the curriculum.
Report by Tom Johnston, D Social 6.1