Editorial

Peter Fifield, Editor As the newsletter’s new editor it’s a pleasure to welcome readers to the first online issue of The Beckett Circle. The change in format is one move among several, as the Circle is now based in England and the Presidency of the Samuel Beckett Society is set to make the same shift…

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The Fastest Godot in the West

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. Barry McGovern as Vladimir in Waiting for Godot at the Mark Taper Form. Photo: Craig Schwartz Samuel Beckett – Waiting for Godot. Dir. Michael Arabian. With Alan Mandell and Barry McGovern. 14 March – 22 April 2012. Mark Taper Forum. Los Angeles, CA. Very early on in the Mark Taper Forum production…

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Renewing the French Beckett

Alexandra Poulain Catherine Frot plays Winnie in Marc Paquien’s production of Oh les beaux jours! Samuel Beckett – Oh les beaux jours!Dir. Marc PaquienWith Catherine Frot and Pierre Banderet20 January – 11 March 2012, Théâtre de la Madeleine, Paris. Each new French production of Oh les beaux jours! is almost inevitably ghosted by the memory…

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Teacht is Imeacht

Alan Graham Teacht is Imeacht, an Irish language production of Beckett’s Come and Go. Photo: Kevin Abosch Teacht is Imeacht at the Focus Theatre, Dublin Before Vanishing is the evocative title of a new production of four Beckett shorts by the new Irish theatre company Mouth on Fire. Established in 2010 with the purpose of presenting…

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Samuel Beckett – Act Without Words II

Derval Tubridy Act Without Words II: Raymond Keane crawls out of a sack. Photo: F. Sakauchi Samuel Beckett – Act Without Words IICompany SJSt. Alfege’s Park, London, 2011 and Theatre Alley June 2012 Act Without Words II has the focused intensity of the best of Beckett’s theatre. A mime featuring two male protagonists, A and…

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Godot at the Globe

Chris Ackerley Photograph: John Watson (Vladimir) and Harry Love (Estragon) keep their appointment. Samuel Beckett – Waiting for GodotDir. Richard HuberWith Harry Love, John Watson, Jimmy Currin, and Jerome Cousins18 August – 28 August 2011 Globe Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand No, not that Johnny-come-lately, that mere imitation on the South Bank of the Thames –…

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Samuel Beckett in Norway

Rockaby/Berceuse and Footfalls Rosemary Pountney in Samuel Beckett’s Rockaby/Berceuse Samuel Beckett – Rockaby/Berceuse and Footfalls Performed by Rosemary Pountney 22 March 2012, Den Nationale Scene, Bergen Samuel Beckett in Bergen Randi Koppen The double- (or triple-) bill of Rockaby/Berceuse and Footfalls performed by Rosemary Pountney on a rare visit to Bergen in March this year,…

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‘Fiendishly Deadpan Pleasure’: Michael Brodsky reflects on Translating Eleuthéria

Stephen Graf Nearly eighteen years have passed since he was first appointed the task of translating Samuel Beckett’s Eleuthéria into English, but it doesn’t take long for the old frustrations to resurface for author Michael Brodsky. Brodsky’s translation was undertaken at the direction of Beckett’s long-time American publisher, Barney Rosset, and Brodsky’s publisher at Four…

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Beckett and the ‘State[s]’ of Ireland

Adam Winstanley Beckett and the ‘State[s]’ of IrelandUniversity College Dublin12-14 July 2012 While Samuel Beckett’s work had traditionally been thought to mark the furthest limits of an ahistorical and deracinated European modernism, recent years have seen the publication of a series of monographs, articles and an edited collection devoted to the re-appraisal of Beckett’s vexed…

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Samuel Beckett Working Group in Southampton

Julie Campbell (Convenor) Mouth on Fire perform A Piece of Monologue Samuel Beckett Working Group7-9 September 2012University of Southampton This year’s Samuel Beckett Working Group, held at the University of Southampton, comprised an international group with 17 presenters and 5 auditors. The way that the Working Group is set up helps to make it a…

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