Happening 2019: Embodying Beckett – What would Beckett say?

Performance

David Tann will create a performance for audiences to encounter a character inspired by Samuel Beckett´s dramatic plays. Beckett portrays wandering, rootless, characters that represent a humanity that is alienated from the known world. How would Beckett´s characters experience the world beyond the confines of a stage? How would they interact with our everyday actions? Inspired by “Not I”, “Waiting for Godot” and “Happy Days”; David uses rhythm and tension as an opening into the mind and body of this character. Exploring through play, he will try to embody the world of Beckett.

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“Just Say It”.  -Samuell Beckett; advising Billy Whitelaw on performing the text in “Not I”

“What matters is the rhythm of piece, the words are merely what the pharmacist calls the exipient”. – Samuel Beckett; responding to the difficulties Billy Whitelaw was having rehearsing “Footfalls”.

“You are composing, it is not a story, but an improvisation. You are looking for the words, you correct yourself constantly”.  – Samuel Beckett; advising Hildegard Schmahl on performing at the Schiller-Theatre Werkstatt. 

“I am not unduly concerned with intelligibility, I hope the piece may work on the nerves of the audience, not its intellect”.  – Samuel Beckett; talking to Jessica Tandy