Inside This Issue

Authorised Beckett biographer James Knowlson shares a previously unpublished interview with John Beckett; Feargal Whelan talks to writer, director and translator Marek Kedzierski about the beckett@111 festival; Einat Adar reviews a new collection of essays from Matthew Feldman; Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston remembers the late publisher John Calder at an evening celebrating his life and career; and Anna McMullan pays tribute to Michael Bott of the University of Reading.

This issue reviews a wealth of recent Beckett productions throughout Europe and the United States. Christopher Visentin reviews a production of Godot at the Sedgwick Theater in Philadelphia; Ken Alba reviews another Godot from Newburyport, Massachusetts; while Chris Childers reviews a double-bill of Play and The Old Tune mounted by the Arcturus Theatre Company in Arlington, Virginia.

Meanwhile, in Europe, Paul Stewart reviews an adaptation/translation of Words and Music staged in Cyprus; Hannah Simpson takes a look at Jess Thom‘s critically acclaimed Not I as it arrives at the Battersea Arts Centre in London. As part of the Happy Days International Festival at Enniskillen, Ros Maprayil goes walking with a site specific production of Waiting for Godot; Emma Keanie attends a multiple Beckett productions on Devenish Island, before finding her way to a staging of The Old Tune featuring Barry McGovern. In Dublin, David McKinney reviews Gare St Lazare‘s Here All Night at the Abbey Theatre, and Liam Harrison attends a production of Words and Music. In nearby Foxrock, Scott Eric Hamilton attends a production of the short prose work ‘First Love’, performed in Beckett’s family church. In London, Eleanor Green finds another production of Words and Music; and Hannah Simpson attends a rehearsal of Godot performed by a cast of professional actors with Down’s Syndrome. Eleanor Green also travels to Manchester to review the recent staging of Happy Days at the Royal Exchange Theatre. From Paris, Amanda Dennis reviews a production of Fin de partie and Dúnlaith Bird observes a recent mounting of Godot in Paris.

Finally, we share a link to the Youtube channel of the fourth Samuel Beckett Society conference, Transdisciplinary Beckett Transdisciplinar; and Eleanor Green offers a useful summary of the recent Beckett and Technology conference that convened in Prague earlier this year.

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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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