Harold Pinter's 'Voices'

An excerpt from Harold Pinter's recent play, Voices, which premiered Oct. 10 on BBC's Radio 3, as part of the BBC's celebration of Pinter's 75th birthday. Voices is a collaboration between Harold Pinter and composer James Clarke.

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Here's an excerpt from that BBC work mentioned just a moment ago. It's called "Voices," and it's a reworking of a few of his later plays, "One for the Road," "Mountain Language," "The New World Order," "Party Time" and "Ashes to Ashes."

(Soundbite of "Voices")

Mr. HARRY BURTON: Sometimes I hear things. Then it's quiet. I had a name. It was Jimmy. People called me Jimmy. That was my name.

Sometimes I hear things. Then everything is quiet. When everything is quiet I hear my heart.

When the terrible noises come I don't hear anything. Don't hear, don't breathe. I'm blind. Then everything is quiet.

I hear a heartbeat. It is probably not my heartbeat. It is probably someone else's heartbeat.

What am I? Sometimes a door bangs. I hear voices, then it stops. Everything stops. It all stops. It all closes. It closes down. It shuts. It all shuts. It shuts down. It shuts. I see nothing at any time anymore. I sit sucking the dark. It's what I have. The dark is in my mouth and I suck it. It's the only thing I have. It's mine. It's my own. I suck it.

NORRIS: That's Harry Burton in an excerpt from "Voices," Harold Pinter's latest work. It aired on October 10th on BBC Radio 3. It's a collaboration with composer James Clarke.

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