What Where Richard Krapp’s
Eyre Charles Catastrophe Last Tape Conor
Rockaby Act Without David Egoyan
Words II Mamet Endgame
A Piece of Mitchell Michael
Karel Reisz Kieron J. Patricia Hogg
Walter Rough for
Asmus Act Without Robin Theatre II Rough for Waiting
Footfalls Words I Lefevre Theatre I Happy Days for Godot
That Time Not I
John Charles Breath
Crowley Garrad Neil Jordan
Come and Go Play
The perfection of this piece is the outcome of preliminary sketches and no fewer than ten typescripts.
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“Adulterers, take warning, never admit.”
“My unfinished doctoral thesis was on Beckett. ‘Play’
was the first play I ever directed, in a double bill with
‘Happy Days’. There was a time when I read Beckett
almost on a daily basis. The sense of language and
Play poetry in his writing has been the single biggest
influence on me.”
Anthony Minghella wrote many stage plays including Child’s Play, Whale awards, including 9 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best
Music, Made in Bangkok among others. He was voted the Most Director, 2 Golden Globe awards, 6 BAFTA Awards, among others. The
Promising Playwright in 1984 by the London Theatre Critics, who then Talented Mr Ripley, which he adapted for the screen and directed was
gave Made in Bangkok , the Best New Play award in 1986. His first film nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay
as a writer/director, Truly, Madly, Deeply, was a great success both in and for 7 BAFTA Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best
Britain and in America winning several awards. The English Patient , Adapted Screenplay.
which he adapted for the screen and directed, has won over thirty
Written in English December 1963. Filmed in Pinewood Studios May 2000.
DIR E C T O R: Anthony Minghella
C H A R A C T E R: Woman 1, Woman 2, Man
C AST: Alan Rickman, Kristin Scott-Thomas,
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‘Ohio Impromptu’ is Beckett’s most sustained example of the dramatic allegory of reading.
“Film as a medium extends the idea of the play.
Beckett is a remover of anything that might misdirect
the audience. He takes everything out except the
absolute essentials in order to produce the purest,
simplest line of thought. Ohio Impromptu captures
that universally human emotion of losing the one you
love the most and expresses it in its purest and most
Written in English 1981. Filmed in Ardmore Studios June 2000 Charles Sturridge
Charles Sturridge has worked extensively in theatre, film and television Moreau and Lauren Bacall; Gulliver’s Travels with Ted Danson, Peter
DIR E C T O R: Charles Sturridge both as a screenwriter and director. His film work include Runners, O’Toole, and Omar Sharif; and Longitude starring Jeremy Irons,
C H A R A C T E R: reader/listener Handful of Dust, Aria, Fairy Tale/ A True Story. For television he Michael Gambon and Stephen Fry. For the stage he translated Anton
C AST: Jeremy Irons directed Soft Target; A Foreign Field , starring Alec Guinness, Jeanne Chekov’s play The Seagull.
“With never a word exchanged they grew to be as one.”
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DIR E C T O R: Kieron Walsh
C H A R A C T E R: A&B
C AST: David Kelly as A, Milo O’Shea as B.
Rough for Theatre I
Written in French in the 1950ıs. Filmed in Dublin June 2000. Begun in English in the late fifties, this work was originally titled ‘The Gloaming’. Beckett put it aside until the late seventies when he
rewrote it in French and concurrently an English version.
“…It seems to me sometimes the earth must
have got stuck, one sunless day, in the heart of
“I have always admired Beckett’s work having seen
winter, in the grey of evening… ” many of the plays and read all his novels. I was
quite daunted at the prospect of filming one of the
plays but when I read Rough for Theatre I
immediately saw the cinematic possibilities. It
reminded me a little of Laurel and Hardy so I shot it
on location ‘Street Corner – Day’ in black and
white.This play is like a sketch for ‘Endgame’. The
dialogue is brilliant and succinct and the themes are
fresh and immediate.”
Dublin born Kieron Walsh’s first film was his graduation film Goodbye plaque at the Chicago Film Festival. Kieron has directed films for
Piccadilly which was awarded three Fuji film scholarships. He then won Working Title and BBC and a half hour drama written by Roddy Doyle
a British Council scholarship to study film at the RCA where he won for RTÉ. He also directed three episodes of the popular A Young
numerous international prizes for his graduation film Bossanova Blues Persons Guide To Becoming A Rock Star. His first feature film When
including the Golden Square award for Best Graduation Film and a Gold Brendan Met Trudy written by Roddy Doyle will open in March 2001.
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Early fragments of this work are to be found in a notebook now in Trinity College Dublin. The fragments are headed ‘Kilcool’ and dated
December 1963. Beckett put it aside for nearly nine years before taking it up again, putting it through eight drafts before he was happy
with it. For the film, Neil Jordan filmed Julianne Moore in one continuous take.
“Beckett is a punisher of actors. He always confines
them in the most ridiculous places – in urns, in
garbage cans, up to their necks in sand. It's like he
has an extreme resistance to the basic reality of
theatre, which is the actor.”
DIR E C T O R: Neil Jordan
C H A R A C T E R: Mouth
C AST: Julianne Moore
Written in English in 1972. Filmed in Shepperton Studios February 2000.
His film career began with the role of creative consultant on John (1995), which was awarded a Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice
Boorman’s Excalibur in 1981, about which he made a documentary Film Festival, The Butcher Boy (1996), for which he won a Silver Bear
entitled The Making of Excalibur - Myth into Movie. Since then he has for Direction at the Berlin Film Festival, In Dreams (1999) and The
made twelve films: Angel ( 1982), Company of Wolves (1984), Mona End of the Affair (1999) for which he won the BAFTA for Best
Lisa (1986), The Crying Game (1992) for which he won an Oscar for Adapted Screenplay.
best screenplay, Interview with the Vampire (1994), Michael Collins
“.…out…into this world… this world… tiny little thing… before its time…”
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16 minutes Written in French in 1982. Translated and published in English 1983. Dedicated
to Vaclav Havel. Filmed on location in Wilton’s Music Hall, London March 2000.
This film is the singular item in the Beckett canon that expresses a political viewpoint which was compounded by its publication in the
New Yorker magazine.
Playwright and director, David Mamet, is the author of the plays The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya by Anton
Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Chekov. His films include The Postman Always Rings Twice, The
Drama Critics Circle Award), A merican Buffalo, Speed the Plow, Untouchables, House of Games (writer/director), The Spanish
Reunion, and Cryptogram (1995 Obie Award), among others. His Prisoner (writer/director), Hoffa, The Edge, Wag the Dog, and The
translations and adaptations include Red River by Pierre Laville and Winslow Boy.
DIR E C T O R: David Mamet
C H A R A C T E R: Protagonist ,Directorıs female assistant, Director
C AST: John Gielgud, Rebecca Pidgeon, Harold Pinter
“Terrific. He’ll have them on their feet. I can hear it from here.”
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This work was originally begun in French but abandoned sometime in 1958. As with Rough I, Beckett returned to the fragmentary
manuscript (now in Trinity College Dublin) and worked it up for publication in 1976.
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“Beckett has that rare ability to capture our fleeting
perceptions of the ridiculous and the despairing in a
very taut form. We need a mirror to reflect our
darker selves back to us and he is one of the few
Written in French in the 1950’s. Filmed in Ardmore Studios Ireland June 2000.
people who can do that. Film is an extraordinary
DIR E C T O R: Katie Mitchell
which potentially allows you an increased palette
C H A R A C T E R:
A, B & C.
Jim Norton, Timothy Spall, Hugh B.O’Brien
with which to communicate this.”
Rough for Theatre II Katie Mitchell
Award winning director Katie Mitchell has worked with many of Great
Britain’s most renowned theatre companies. She directed the Royal
directed Rutherford and Son and The Machine Wreckers. She also
directed Live like Pigs and The Country at the Royal Court Theatre. In
Shakespeare Company productions of Uncle Vanya; Stars in the Morning 1996 she directed Endgame at the Donmar Warehouse for which she
Sky; Henry IV, Phoenician Women, which earned her the 1996 Evening received that year’s Time Out Best Director Award.
Standard Award for Best Director. For the Royal National Theatre she
"Ah if I were only twenty years younger Iıd put an end to my sufferings!"
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‘Breath’ was written in a response to Kenneth Tynan’s request for a ‘skit’ to be included in ‘Oh! Calcutta!’ and was first produced in New
York in 1969. This is the most compressed of Beckett’s dramatic works lasting less than a minute.
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1. Faint light on stage littered with miscellaneous
rubbish. Hold about five seconds.
2. Faint brief cry and immediately inspiration and
slow increase of light together reaching maximum
together in about ten seconds. Silence and hold for
about five seconds.
3. Expiration and slow decrease of light together
reaching mininum together (light as in 1) in about
ten seconds and immediately cry as before. “I love Beckett’s stage direction Hold about five
Silence and hold about five seconds. seconds, that word about leaves so much scope.”
Born in Bristol 1965. He attended Goldsmiths College, University of shows in London, New York and Zurich. He exhibited at the Tate
London from 1986 until 1989. While still a student, Damien curated Gallery and recently showed pieces in Sensation exhibition at The
the widely acclaimed Freeze exhibition, which launched the career of Royal Academy. He was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1992 and
many successful artists including his own. He has had many solo won it in 1995.
DIR E C T O R: Damien Hirst
Written in 1969. Filmed in Ardmore Studios, Ireland, February 2000.
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Beckett began writing this work in English under the title ‘The Magee Monologue’ in the famous Ete ı56 notebook, now in the Beckett Archive
at the University of Reading in England. One of Beckett’s most accessible works, it triumphantly resolves the staging problems inherent in a
monologue by the use of a tape recorder.
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Krapp’s Last Tape
Written in English in 1958. Filmed in Ardmore Studios April 2000.
“Past Midnight. Never knew such silence. The earth might be
DIR E C T O R: Atom Egoyan
C H A R A C T E R: Krapp
C AST: John Hurt
Atom Egoyan has written and directed a body of work in film, television Academy Award nominations. His films include Felicia’s Journey, the
and theatre, which has been acclaimed throughout the world. He has multiple award winning The Sweet Hereafter; Exotica; Calendar; The
won numerous awards including the Grand Prix and the International Adjuster; Speaking Parts; Family Viewing; and Next of Kin.
Critics Award at the Cannes Film Festival, five Genies, and two
“I am fascinated by human interaction with
technology. Beckett explores the contrast between
memory and recorded memory as Krapp reminisces
on his birthday struggling to reconcile perception
and reality. Technology is an enormous issue today
so Beckett’s themes are hugely relevant. The
human inability to communicate in reality is brought
into sharp focus.”
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First performed in New York at the Harold Clurman Theatre, on 15th June 1983.
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“Filming Beckett’s work allows people to learn
something different and that’s what made this
project so worth doing. Beckett was deliberately
ambiguous so you dig to find your own relevancies.
Good art is open to interpretation. ‘What Where’ is
about the abuse of power and there is a brooding
What Where palpable evil throughout the text. Filming allows you
Written in English in 1983. Published 1984. Filmed in Ardmore Studios December
to show a close-up of a terrified man bringing a
different edge to the work”.
DIR E C T O R: Damien O’Donnell
C H A R A C T E R: Bem, Bam, Bim, Bom
C AST: Sean McGinley, Gary Lewis
Writer and director Damien O’Donnell is perhaps best known for his racing on the east coast of Scotland, written by Danny McCahon,
“Time passes. That is all. highly acclaimed 1999 feature film East is East. The film starring Om
Puri won the BAFTA award for Best British Film 2000 and was also
screened as part of the Mind The Gap series on B BC Scotland. In
1995 O’Donnell’s short Thirty Five Aside , screened as part of The
Make sense who may.I switch off.” winner of PRIX MEDIA 2000. His previous film work include: Chrono- Talent short film festival on B BC2, was awarded the Best New Director
Perambulator – a time machine adventure spanning 4000 years in 11 by Alan Parker.
minutes; and Danger Doyle’s Doo, a comedy set in the world of pigeon
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This piece has only 121 words in all with Beckett’s note being almost twice as long. The perfection of this piece was achieved through
many false starts and drafts before Beckett was happy with it.
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Written in English 1965. Filmed in Ardmore Studios December 2000.
Come and Go
DIR E C T O R: John Crowley
C H A R A C T E R: Flo, Vi and Ru
C AST: Paola Dionisotti, Anna Massey, Sian Phillips
“Please God not. May we not speak of the old days ? (Silence) Of John Crowley
A gradate of University College Cork and Associate Director at the includes The Match Seller Girl (Theatre Project Tokyo, Japan),
what came after ? (Silence). Shall we hold hands in the old way ?” Donmar Warehouse, John is an award winning theatre director. His Macbeth for Thelma Holt Productions (Queens Theatre, West End),
play True Lines won the Stewart Parket award for best new play in Juno and the Paycock (Donmar Warehouse & Broadway) and The
1995 and he also won the Kilkenny Cream of Ireland Award for Turn of the Screw (Welsh National Opera).
Performing Arts for his work on Double Helix in 1996.His recent work
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First performed in Buffalo New York in 1981, this is one of the rare Beckett works containing the expletive f*ck.
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“A woman sits at a window in a rocking chair, rocking
to and fro, talking to herself. Is she mad, is she
senile? Occassionally she speaks out loud. “Fuck
life”, she says at the end, and stops moving. Is she
dead? Rockaby belongs to the same universe as all
Beckett's work. It's drawn from a same single stern
perspective and has his characteristic taut musicality,
clarity and ability to give small shocks. Its like an
incantation set in language that's both odd and
commonplace, with silence as an eloquent partner
Written in English in 1980. Filmed in Ardmore Studios June 2000.
and the rocking of the chair as muted percussion. Is
DIR E C T O R:
C H A R A C T E R:
Sir Richard Eyre
Woman it less Beckett if it's a film than if it's fifteen minutes
on a stage with a live audience? The real question is:
C AST: Penelope Wilton
Rockaby does it hold your attention? I think so.”
Richard was the Artistic Director of the Royal National Theatre from drama award 1989, Royal Television Society Award for Best Single
1988 until 1997. During that period he directed Guys & Dolls, which Drama 1989). Richard is currently working on a series for the B BC
earned him a SWET and Standard Awards for Best Director; The entitled Changing Stages, a six-part look at the theatre and its
Invention of Love; Richard III (USA Tour); Racing Demon , and others. evolution. His films include The Ploughmanıs Lunch (standard Film
He joined the B BC as producer of Play for Today in 1978. Productions Award for Best Film-1983, and Laughterhouse (Venice Film Festival
included The Insurance Man (Tokyo World TV Festival Special Prize Award for Best Film 1984).
1986); Tumbledown (Winner RAI Prize 1988, BAFTA best TV single
“so in the end
close of a long day
in the end went down.”
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“It was an intriguing challenge to film a Beckett play.
11 minutes You have to rethink and refeel everything but it was
Desert. Dazzling light. a nice problem! I chose Act without Words because
of the clever use of the artifice of theatre and the
way Beckett intermingles humour and pathos.”
DIR E C T O R: Karel Reisz
C H A R A C T E R: Man
C AST: Sean Foley
Act Without Words I
Written in French in 1956. Filmed in Ardmore Studios July 2000
Karel Reisz was born in Czechoslovakia in 1926 and was educated in The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1980) with Meryl Streep and
Britain. He was the first programme director of the National Film Jeremy Irons; Sweet Dreams (1985-6) with Jessica Lang and Ed
Theatre in the early Fifties. He has directed many films including: Harris; and Everybody Wins (1990) Nick Nolte and Debra Winger;
Night Must Fall (1963) with Albert Finney; Isadora (1967) with among others. He has also directed many productions on stages
Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards and James Fox; On The High across America, Great Britain and Ireland.
Road (1972) for the B BC; The Gambler (1973-4) with James Caan;
This mime, accompanied by music specially written by John Beckett, was originally scheduled to occupy a double bill with ‘Endgame’. That
plan was never realised and its first performance was given at the Royal Court Theatre in 1957.
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“That time you went back that last time to look was the ruin still
there where you hid as a child that last time straight off the ferry…”
First performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 20 May 1976.
“The choice of camera movements and the changes
in picture size are subjective responses to the text –
the performer is the channel for Beckett’s deluge of
images – audiences have said that they were able to
see the thoughts in his (the performer) mind as they
watched and I hope this is the reaction that we have
managed to provoke with the film.”
Charles Garrad’s sculptural and environmental work, which has been B BC 2. Design credits for feature films include The Serpents Kiss, The
shown all around the world, is concerned with time, memory, the Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain and two
atmospheric qualities of places and the significance of objects. He has films for Beckett on Film Waiting for Godot and Act Without Words 1.
That Time directed a number of films including Time Passing, a six part series for TV drama credits include the award-winning series Amongst Women.
Written in English between 1974 and 1975. Filmed in Ardmore Studios December 2000.
DIR E C T O R: Charles Garrad
C H A R A C T E R: Listener
C AST: Niall Buggy
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This mime should be played on a low and narrow platform at back of
stage, violently lit in its entire length, the rest of the stage being in
darkness. Frieze effect.
Act Without Words II
Written in French in 1956. Filmed in Ardmore Studios June 2000 A mime for two players, Beckett specified violent lighting for this piece and extended the notion by having the actors prodded into action by
what he calls a “goad”.
“Beckett was so concerned with form that I think he
DIR E C T O R:
C H A R A C T E R: A&B
C AST: Pat Kinevane as A, Marcello Magni as B
M U SIC: Michael Nyman
would have employed the mechanics of film in the
same inventive way that he employed lighting and
the stage itself, as presences, even characters in the
drama. Thatıs what I wanted to try and do myself.”
Director and writer Enda Hughesı film credits include: The Eliminator Short Film–Brussels); and Comm-Raid on the Potemkin , a 3 minute
(1996), written, produced and directed by Enda, named Film of the film for Planet Wild and Channel 4. Enda has also made 15 other
Year by the Irish Times; Flying Saucer Rock & Roll (1997), award short films. He has his own production company, Cousins Pictures,
winning short film (Best Fantasy Short–San Sebastian, Best European which he runs with his brother Michael Hughes.
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