After the death of his father, a man finds himself homeless, sharing a canal-side bench in Dublin with a prostitute. As she pursues him lustfully he unwillingly falls in love. In the ensuing relationship, he ruthlessly refuses to engage emotionally with her, except when, despite his reluctance, she arouses his desires.
Written in 1946, Beckett's novella First Love is full of his rich, lyrical prose. This darkly comic story explores how love fails us and how we fail love.
'one of the most wholly satisfying nights I've spent at the theatre this year'
The New York Times
'elegantly profane language and mordant humor'
New York Post
'he captures that lonely lyricism with a force as moving as it is memorable'
Financial Times - 4 Stars
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By Samuel Beckett
Gate Dublin Theatre
Performed in English
Cast Peter Egan
Michael Colgan Director
Eileen Diss Set designer
James McConnell Lighting designer