Waiting for Godot
by Samuel Beckett
The Players Theatre in Trinity College
27th June – 2nd July 2011
Directed by Seamus Gallagher
Gerry Doyle as “Pozzo”, Colin Carpenter as “Lucky”, Terry Martin as “Estragon”, Pacellio O’Rourke as “Vladimir” and introducing 10 year old Joe Gallagher as “the Boy”.
Waiting for Godot is an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for someone named Godot to arrive. Godot’s absence, as well as numerous other aspects of the play, have led to many different interpretations since the play’s premiere. It was voted “the most significant English language play of the 20th century”.
Waiting for Godot is Beckett’s translation of his own original French version, En attendant Godot, and is subtitled (in English only) “a tragicomedy in two acts”. The original French text was composed by Beckett between 9 October 1948 and 29 January 1949. The première was on 5 January 1953 in the Théâtre de Babylone, Paris.
The Player’s Theatre is housed in same area as the Samuel Beckett Centre within the historic walls of Trinity College Dublin. For over 400 years Trinity has produced some of the world’s great minds across the sciences and the humanities, including two Nobel Laureates, Samuel Beckett in literature and Ernest Walton in science.
Literary greats such as Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde are followed by the creative genius of more recent graduates, such as writers, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Anne Enright and Sebastian Barry.
For more details contact Seamus Gallagher