The internationally renowned Gare St. Lazare Ireland presented an exclusive performance of The Beckett Trilogy for the 2015 Samuel Beckett Summer School
Performed by Conor Lovett
Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett
Just as his 1953 play Waiting for Godot changed the way we look at theatre, Samuel Beckett’s novels have also had a profound influence on modern literature. At the centre of what he considered ‘the important work’ are the three novels Molloy, Malone Dies & The Unnamable. Written in french shortly after World War II these novels are seen by many as Beckett’s literary masterpiece.
The Irish theatre company Gare St Lazare Ireland have made an exploration of Beckett’s prose works. Director Judy Hegarty Lovett and actor Conor Lovett have worked together on over 18 Beckett titles covering drama, radio drama, short stories and novels. In 2010 they produced their tenth Beckett prose piece. They are considered the foremost interpreters of Beckett’s work and their work is hailed for making the work fresh and accessible while highlighting the humour, humanity and integrity that is the hallmark of Beckett’s work.
A 3 hour tour de force, The Beckett Trilogy cemented Gare St Lazare’s reputation as they capture the essence of each of these novels.
In Molloy a crippled tramp recounts an effort to visit his aged mother. Along his route he is apprehended by the police for indecently resting on his bicycle. Shortly after his release from the police station he encounters an old woman and her dog, with dire consequences for the dog. Molloy is one of Beckett’s most poignant and arresting characters. His view of society, and the world, is as funny as it is true.
In Malone Dies, the narrator Malone is about to die and decides to tell himself stories as he bides his time. After several failed attempts he finally hits on a character, McMann, whose story involving an asylum, a lunatic male-nurse and an Easter Sunday outing to the islands, results in a bloodbath. As the story disintegrates so does Malone, literally.
In The Unnamable the nameless narrator has dispensed with story altogether and instead is trying to make sense of his existence, if it is his. In what must be one of the world’s strangest and greatest literary endeavours Beckett explores what we all feel at one time or other. Again his humour and intensity make the experience something we can all identify with. The novel itself ends with Beckett’s famous “You must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on.”
Gare St. Lazare Players’ precise and elegant work has made Beckett accessible to a whole new audience and earned the company a reputation around the world. Conor Lovett’s mesmerising performance in The Beckett Trilogy has been unanimously hailed as nothing short of outstanding.
Gare St. Lazare Players have toured internationally with their critically acclaimed presentations of Beckett’s prose works in Ireland they have toured to over 70 theatres around the country and internationally they have performed Beckett in 80 cities in 25 countries on 6 continents.
Gare St Lazare Players Ireland
Over the last 20 years Gare St Lazare Players Ireland have built a repertory of work that includes over 18 Beckett titles as well as work by Michael Harding, Conor McPherson, Will Eno and their adaptation of Moby Dick by Herman Melville. The tendency has been to premiere work in Ireland and then tour extensively. To this end they continue to visit many of the 21 countries they have already played. The company has developed ongoing relationships with theatres and festivals everywhere from Kilkenny to Shanghai. The work travels easily and past ventures have included several works travelling together as a mini-festival or sub-season of a festival. Joint artistic directors Judy Hegarty Lovett and Conor Lovett are considered to be among the leading interpreters of Beckett.
Gare St Lazare Players Ireland have received funding from from The Arts Council of Ireland and are regularly supported by Culture Ireland, the Irish government agency for promoting Irish cultural excellence abroad.
Ticketing: *Sales have now closed.