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Watt – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Samuel Beckett Adaption: Barry McGovern Director: Tom Creed Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Samuel Beckett wrote Watt while around him WWII demonstrated that reason alone cannot make sense of the world and do not make it a better place. He said he wrote it to keep him sane, and the desperation with which the title character seeks order, structure, and logic ...

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Not I – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Samuel Beckett Reviewer: Jo Beggs When Jess Thom first came across Beckett’s odd monologue Not I she says it felt as though he had written it for her. Mouth speaks for fifteen minutes at breakneck speed on a dark stage. She’s been struck virtually mute by an unnamed incident in her life until she suddenly has the urge to ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Company – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Sarah Jane Scaife Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Published in 1980, Company seems an unlikely candidate for a stage adaptation, a radio play perhaps, but the story of a man lying alone on his back in the dark considering his past and current existence does not seem like a piece for theatre. However, since its publication, Company has prompted a ...

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How It Is (Part One)  – The Print Room at the Coronet, London

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Judy Hegarty Lovett Reviewer: Richard Maguire While it’s always a pleasure going to The Print Room, London’s most stylish theatre, it’s also something of a challenge as The Print Room’s programming is among the most uncompromising in the country. Their new show, an adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s 1961 novel, How It Is, is not for the ...

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Waiting for Godot – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Mark Rosenblatt Designer: Janet Bird Reviewer: Ron Simpson Tobacco Factory Theatres’ production of Waiting for Godot, in Scarborough at the end of a short tour, aims to remove some of the preconceptions and misconceptions surrounding the play, sometimes in defiance of Beckett’s own views, but retaining its essence. By and large, it works. Waiting for Godot ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: First Love – O’ Reilly Theatre, Dublin

Director: Michael Colgan Writer: Samuel Beckett Reviewer: Liam Harrison Michael Colgan’s most recent collaboration with Barry McGovern sees them take on Samuel Beckett’s 1946 ‘novella’ First Love, a short tale of love, loss and constipation. First Love follows a current trend of adapting Beckett’s prose for stage – Lisa Dwan is currently playing No’s Knife in London’s Old Vic – ...

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Krapp’s Last Tape – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writer:Samuel Beckett Director and Performer: James Elston Reviewer: Lucy Corley For audience members who, like this reviewer, are unused to Samuel Beckett’s plays, it takes a while to adjust to the understated stillness of Krapp’s Last Tape. The slight sense of awkwardness in the auditorium is not helped by audio glitches - an unfortunate start to a show in which ...

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All That Fall – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Tom Finch All That Fall is often cited as one of Beckett’s most naturalistic and accessible plays. Originally performed as a radio play in 1957 it tells the story of Mrs Mooney, an elderly Irish woman who is making the arduous walk to her nearest train station to pick up her blind husband ...

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