“This is no mere night at the theatre. For one thing, it will be morning. Those attending have to board a bus from Enniskillen Castle at 8am, then walk for an hour up to the moorland setting, before retracing their steps in reverse afterwards. The whole event lasts five hours. It may be a soft Border, but it’s hard Beckett.

This latest Godot is part of the Happy Days: International Beckett Festival, now in its sixth edition, which shares August with the somewhat newer Lughnasa Frielfest, dedicated to another famous Irish playwright and located further up the Brexit frontline, at venues in Derry and Donegal.

The festivals have been combined under an umbrella called Arts Over Borders (the full programme is available at artsoverborders.com). And – speaking of umbrellas – outdoor productions are a common theme in both, so organisers may be hoping the long hot summer of 2018 has a few weeks left in it yet.”

Frank McNally on a Brexit-flavoured ‘Waiting for Godot’, The Irish Times

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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