When a director sets out to offer an audience a production of, say, Pinter’s The Caretaker, s/he does so after collaboration with the stage designer and technical staff — all of them guided heavily by what the playwright has given them in the printed text towards an agreement on the nature of the space in which the dramatic events will be enacted. In this instance Pinter has given them very specific guidance, to the point effectively of direct instruction, about the nature of the room the audience will see as the play starts. Everything is carefully positioned, a map could almost be drawn.
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