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In Autumn 2016, we presented an unusual trilogy of Samuel Beckett's shorter dramatic works.

The name of Samuel Beckett looms large in the contemporary theatre, with a dramaturgy and a voice that is all its own. The theatrical demands of Beckett's lesser-seen works are almost as daunting as the deeply philosophical and personal subjects they portray, and it is a joy to grapple with them.
This event was produced in collaboration with STAR Radio - for more information click here.

Not I is perhaps Beckett's most [in]famous short play. Exploring deep questions of identity and womanhood, Not I sees a woman's disembodied mouth launch into a relentless stream-of-consciousness tirade that seems never to end. Visually impeccable, word-perfect, and delivered at breakneck speed, this text is notoriously demanding for both team and performer: this is monologue writ large.

Mouth....................Alice Gold
Auditor..........Sebastian Allum

Embers represents the Wanton Theatre team's first venture into plays for radio, and depends upon an intricate soundscape including horses, the sea, and Chopin's Waltz no. 5 in A flat major. Embers looks at the way in which the trauma of death affects the mind.

Henry...........Sebastian Allum
Ada........................Jen Grace
Masters..................Alice Gold

Rockaby opens with a woman in a high-necked, black, shining dress sitting upright in a rocking chair in silence. Soon the chair begins to rock and her voice is heard ruminating on scenes from her life. Rockaby is an idiomatic part of Beckett's ouevre and presents an incredibly moving image of a woman at the end of her life, looking over all.

Woman..........Annie Macaulay

CREW

Producer......Danielle Donnally
Director....................Ryan Hay
Asisstant................Alice Jarvis

 

REVIEW

With graphic design by Duncan Swan, and sound, and lighting design by Danielle Donnally.
This amateur production was presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.