A theatrical work by Samuel Beckett & Jack MacGowran
Adapted by Conall Morrison
Performed by Denis Conway

Denis Conway
Denis Conway

Seamus Heaney first met the actor Jack MacGowran in the mid-1960s, when MacGowran was recording Beckett’s works for Claddagh Records. ‘People find Beckett sad,’ MacGowran observed. ‘Me, I find him very funny.’ MacGowran proved his point by creating Beginning to End, a hilarious one-man show assembled from monologues, scenes and poems in Beckett’s oeuvre that draws out the great dramatist’s unique
sense of humour. The show premiered in 1965 and MacGowran went on to perform it all over the world.

For this new production, re-titled End of Day (and staged to great acclaim at the Commencez! Paris Beckett Festival), director Conall Morrison has trimmed and reshaped MacGowran’s original production. Cork actor Denis Conway makes MacGowran’s role his own, offering a wonderful opportunity to experience a performance that gathers some of Beckett’s funniest – and most profound – moments into one extraordinary show.

Denis Conway is a theatre, television and film actor whose films include Brooklyn, The Wind that Shakes the Barley and Oliver Stone’s Alexander.

Find out more about the production, or purchase tickets, via the Seamus Heaney Home website.

Posted by:Rhys Tranter

Rhys Tranter is a writer based in Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is the author of Beckett's Late Stage (2018), and his work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, and a number of books and periodicals. He holds a BA, MA, and a PhD in English Literature. His website RhysTranter.com is a personal journal offering commentary and analysis across literature, film, music, and the arts.

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