Dr Mark Taylor-Batty awarded million-pound grant for Harold Pinter research project

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Dr Mark Taylor-Batty, Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies, has been awarded funds by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a research project on the works of Harold Pinter (1930-2008).

The project, entitled 'Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies', will identify and assess every professional production of Pinter's plays between 1957 and 2017, as well as his output on television, radio and film. It aims to unearth new insights into the impact of his works across different media, and how these combine to creates his distinctive voice.

Pinter's work has been central to world theatre since the 1960s, and his films shaped British cinema. His contribution to literature and the world stage was recognised by a Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005, and his films have won BAFTA and Palme d'Or awards. Pinter's plays include classics such as The Caretaker (1959), No Man’s Land (1975) and One for the Road (1984) and he scripted films such as The Go-Between (1970) and The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981).  His work has influenced other writers and his career has involved significant collaborations with actors and directors including Dirk Bogarde, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, John Gielgud, Peter Hall, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Losey, Ralph Richardson, Ian Rickson and Meryl Streep.

Dr Taylor-Batty will lead the project, and be joined by co-investigators Professor Jonathan Bignell (University of Reading) and Professor Graham Saunders (University of Birmingham), as well as a team of full-time researchers and technical experts. A major output will be a public database drawing on the Pinter archive at the British Library and other sources such as the BBC Written Archives.

Other outputs will be the sharing of knowledge via website, blog, conference and published work, as well as proposals for an interactive app concept. In 2018, the tenth anniversary of Pinter's death, the British Film Institute (BFI) will present a curated season of screenings at BFI Southbank, in collaboration with the project team, to mark Pinter's contribution to British screen culture.

You can find out more about Dr Taylor-Batty and his work here ?