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11 August 2015 Quad by Samuel Beckett Pan Pan Theatre/Irish Modern Dance Theatre
13 August 2015 The Beckett Trilogy Gare St Lazare Ireland

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Quad

Dates:

Tuesday 11 August at 8.30pm (One performance only)

Playwright:

Samuel Beckett

Company:

Pan Pan Theatre Company/Irish Modern Dance Theatre (Presented as part of the 2015 Samuel Beckett Summer School)

Details:

Mysterious, geometric and symmetrical, Quad is an intricately choreographed movement sequence devised by Samuel Beckett. Written originally as a television play and broadcast in Germany in 1981, this is a rare opportunity to see a staged performance of what may be Beckett's most formal work.

Pan Pan Theatre Company works with acclaimed dance company Irish Modern Dance Theatre and with Conor Houghton, a reader in mathematical neuroscience at Bristol University and former Trinity College Dublin lecturer, to demonstrate, discuss, and explore this riveting work.

The Samuel Beckett Summer School is proud to present this highly original collaborative piece for only its second showing in Dublin, following its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2013 and a successful run at the Dublin Dance Festival in 2014.

This production is supported by the Arts Council, the Provost's Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts and RTE.

Tickets:

Euro 15/10 conc

Booking:

All bookings should be made via Quad Eventbrite booking page

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The Beckett Trilogy

Molley, Malone Dies and The Unnamable

Date:

Thursday 13 August at 7pm (One performance only)

Playwright:

Samuel Beckett

Company:

Gare St Lazare Ireland, performed by Conor Lovett, directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett (An exclusive performance for the 2015 Samuel Beckett Summer School)

Details:

Just as his 1953 play Waiting for Godot changed the way we look at theatre, Samuel Beckett's novels have also had a profound influence on modern literature. At the centre of what he considered 'the important work' are the three novels Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable. Written in French shortly after World War II, these novels are seen by many as Beckett's literary masterpiece.  

The Irish theatre company Gare St Lazare Ireland have made an exploration of Beckett's prose works.  Director Judy Hegarty Lovett and actor Conor Lovett have worked together on over 18 Beckett titles covering drama, radio drama, short stories and novels. In 2010 they produced their tenth Beckett prose piece. They are considered the foremost interpreters of Beckett's work and their work is hailed for making the work fresh and accessible while highlighting the humour, humanity and integrity that is the hallmark of Beckett's work.  

A 3 hour tour de force, The Beckett Trilogy cemented Gare St Lazare's reputation as they capture the essence of each of these novels.  

In Molloy, a crippled tramp recounts an effort to visit his aged mother. Along his route he is apprehended by the police for indecently resting on his bicycle. Shortly after his release from the police station he encounters an old woman and her dog, with dire consequences for the dog. Molloy is one of Beckett's most poignant and arresting characters. His view of society, and the world, is as funny as it is true.

In Malone Dies, the narrator Malone is about to die and decides to tell himself stories as he bides his time. After several failed attempts he finally hits on a character, McMann, whose story involving an asylum, a lunatic male-nurse and an Easter Sunday outing to the islands, results in a bloodbath. As the story disintegrates, so does Malone, literally.  

In The Unnamable, the nameless narrator has dispensed with story altogether and instead is trying to make sense of his existence, if it is his. In what must be one of the world's strangest and greatest literary endeavours, Beckett explores what we all feel at one time or other. Again his humour and intensity make the experience something we can all identify with. The novel itself ends with Beckett's famous “I can’t go on, I must go on, I’ll go on.”  

Gare St. Lazare Players' precise and elegant work has made Beckett accessible to a whole new audience and earned the company a reputation around the world. Conor Lovett's mesmerising performance in The Beckett Trilogy has been unanimously hailed as nothing short of outstanding.  

Gare St. Lazare Players have toured internationally with their critically acclaimed presentations of Beckett's prose works. In Ireland they have toured to over 70 theatres around the country and internationally they have performed Beckett in 80 cities in 25 countries on 6 continents.  

This production is supported by the Provost's Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts, RTE and Larry and Mary Lund

Tickets:

Euro 15/10 conc

Booking:

All bookings should be made via the Samuel Beckett Summer School

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Last updated 20 July 2015 by Francis Thackaberry (Email).