We were proud to present a varied public programme of 4 events during the Samuel Beckett Summer School 2015. Featuring leading artists and academics, these talks and performances aimed to give audiences a rare insight into the life and works of Samuel Beckett.


Event 1: Lecture Demonstraton of Quad with Pan Pan Theatre, Irish Modern Dance Theatre & Conor Houghton

Date: Tuesday 11th August 2015, 8.30pm. One night only.

Venue: Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin

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Mysterious, geometric and symmetrical, Quad is an intricately choreographed movement sequence devised by Samuel Beckett. Written originally as a television play and broadcast in Germany in 1981, this is a rare opportunity to see a staged performance of what may be Beckett’s most formal work.

Pan Pan Theatre Company works with acclaimed dance company Irish Modern Dance Theatre and with Conor Houghton, a reader in mathematical neuroscience at Bristol University and former Trinity College Dublin lecturer, to demonstrate, discuss, and explore this riveting work.

The Samuel Beckett Summer School is proud to present this highly original collaborative piece for only its second showing in Dublin, following its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2013 and a successful run at the Dublin Dance Festival in 2014.

At the Samuel Beckett Theatre for one night only!


Event 2: Beckett’s Poems: The European Caravan and Other Precipitates

– A reading by Barry McGovern

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Date: Wednesday 12th August 2015, 7.00pm.

Venue: Graduate Memorial Building, Trinity College Dublin

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Barry McGovern is recognized by many as one of the leading interpreters of the work of Samuel Beckett.  He has played Vladimir, Estragon and Lucky in Waiting for Godot, Clov in Endgame, Willie in Happy Days and Krapp in Krapp’s Last Tape.  On radio he has played Henry in Embers, Fox in Rough for Radio II and directed All that Fall.  He has also played Words in Words and Music.  He played Vladimir in the Beckett on Film Godot

In 2012 he played Vladimir to Alan Mandell’s Estragon in Los Angeles and will play Clov to his Hamm in Endgame there next year.  His two one-man Beckett shows I’ll Go On and Watt, produced by the Gate Theatre, have toured worldwide. He frequently lectures on, and gives readings of, Beckett’s work. His recordings of the complete Three Novels (MolloyMalone Dies and The Unnamable) are available from RTE.  In August he will spend a semester teaching Joyce and Beckett at Notre Dame University in Indiana. 

Event 3: Eoin O’Brien in conversation with Gerald Dawe on Beckett and The Weight of Compassion & Other Essays

with a reading by Barry McGovern

Dawe O'Brien

Date: Tuesday 11th August 2015, 6.00 – 7.30pm.

Venue: Graduate Memorial Building, Trinity College Dublin

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Professor O’Brien’s The Weight of Compassion & Other Essays published by Lilliput Press will be the focus of this event.

Eoin O’Brien is Adjunct Professor of Molecular Pharmacology at the Conway Institute of Bimolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin. He is a Past-President of the Irish Heart Foundation and is currently Chairman of the Irish Skin Foundation. He has published many scientific papers on hypertension research, and he is author of Blood Pressure Measurement and the popular ABC of Hypertension. Professor O’Brien has written an acclaimed study on the relevance of time and place in the writings of Samuel Beckett – The Beckett Country: Samuel Beckett’s Ireland and he published Beckett’s first novel Dream of Fair to Middling Women. He has also written books on literary subjects that include A.J. Leventhal 1896-1979: Dublin Scholar: wit and man of letters and three books on the artist and photographer Nevill Johnson: Nevill Johnson: Paint the smell of grass; Nevill Johnson: Artist, Writer, Photographer and Nevill Johnson: The Dublin Legacy He has published extensively on medical historical subjects, which include Conscience and Conflict: A Biography of Sir Dominic Corrigan, and A Portrait of Irish Medicine: an illustrated history of Irish Medicine and he has recorded for posterity in text and photography the histories of three recently-closed Dublin hospitals– The Charitable Infirmary (Jervis Street), St. Laurence’s Hospital (The Richmond) and the City of Dublin Skin & Cancer Hospital (Hume Street). Prof O’Brien has a keen interest in international humanitarian affairs, and he is a member of the Board of the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation at Fordham University, New York, and he is Chairman of the Committee on Blood Pressure Measurement in Low Resource Settings at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

Gerald Dawe is an Irish poet, a professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He was founder director of the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing (1997-2015). He has published nine volumes of poetry with The Gallery Press including Selected Poems (2012) and Mickey Finn’s Air (2014). Cork University Press will be publishing in October, Of War and War’s Alarms: Reflections on Modern Irish Writing by Gerald Dawe.

Event 4: Lecture by Derval Tubridy at IMMA ‘“The unthought and the harrowing”: Samuel Beckett’s Necessary Art’


Date: Wednesday 12th August 2015, 1.00 – 2.00pm.

Venue: IMMA, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 (Johnson Suite)

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This lecture explores the intersections between Beckett’s writing and the visual arts and poses questions that are key to Beckett’s prose, poetry and performance which underpin significant moments in contemporary art. Derval Tubridy is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Visual Culture Goldsmiths, University of London. This talk draws on the IMMA exhibition by Stan Douglas and the presentation of Sam Jury’s All Things Being Equal in the Project Spaces.

Derval Tubridy is Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Pro-Warden for Research and Enterprise, and Senior Lecturer in Literature and Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Author of Thomas Kinsella: The Peppercanister Poems (2001), and editor of a special edition of Irish Studies Review (16/3, 2008), she has published chapters in The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume V: The Irish Book in English, 1891-2000; Beckett and Nothing; A Companion to James Joyce; Contemporary Debates in Literature and Philosophy; Ireland: Space, Text, Time; Seeing Things: Literature and the Visual, The Irish Book in the Twentieth Century and Samuel Beckett: A Casebook, as well as articles in Performance Research; The Irish University Review; Irish Studies Review; The Journal of Beckett Studies, and Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui. She co-organised the 2006 conference on Beckett and the visual arts, Beckett and Company at Goldsmiths and Tate Modern. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright Commission and by the British Academy. She is currently working on a book on Beckett and contemporary art called Art after Beckett.



The internationally renowned Gare St. Lazare Ireland also presented an exclusive performance of The Beckett Trilogy for the 2015 Samuel Beckett Summer School. Details on this special 2015 Performance can be found here.



With thanks to the Provost’s Fund for Visual and Performing Arts, the Oscar Wilde Centre/ School of English

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