The whisper in your head …. Me whispering at you in your head …. Things you can’t catch …. On and off …. Till you join us …. Eh, Joe?
An old man in his dressing gown moves around his bedroom, checking behind the door, under the bed, out of the window. Satisfied there are no intruders, he sits on the bed. Then he hears a woman’s ghostly voice…
Beckett’s first play written specifically for television, Eh Joe explores how one man is forced to face up to his past and the lovers he has abused and driven to destruction. Tormented by inner demons, he is made to relive everything he has tried to forget.
In this acclaimed production from the Gate Theatre, as the disembodied voice speaks out, a camera projects the face of Joe (Michael Gambon) onto a large screen intensifying every flicker of fear, anger and shame. As the emotional tension heightens, we are all forced to admit that we can’t escape our past.
'This must be the greatest half-hour in theatrical history... The great Gambon says nothing, and gives the performance of his life.’
The Sunday Times
'He brings forth a body of beauty... Few theatre works I have seen, either before or since, have lived with me so vividly.'
'Wilton's powerful, poetic reading... finds remarkable subtlety in every phrase.'
'The great Michael Gambon... made this show absolutely perfect'
To see Gambon so emotionally exposed as his hangdog features react to Wilton's monologue is a beguilingly troubling insight into the mind of a man alone. -4 Stars
At times heart-rending, the power of Gambon's interpretation really comes from its restraint. -4 Stars
5 Stars - Evening News
4 Stars -The Guardian
4 Stars - The Independent
By Samuel Beckett
Cast Michael Gambon
Featuring the voice of Penelope Wilton
Atom Egoyan Director
Eileen Diss Set designer
James McConnell Lighting designer