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5 reasons to see Beckett at the Festival

Beckett won a Nobel prize, has been stabbed by a pimp, written most of his works in a foreign language and was also an excellent left-handed cricketer… Not your average dramatist, maybe?

The work of the always fascinating Samuel Beckett features heavily within this year’s Festival. Our events delve deeper into many of the less explored works by the Irish literary giant. We celebrate and investigate Beckett’s works with a series of events, and as part of our celebration we are giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky winner! 

With acclaimed plays by experienced Beckett performers like Michael Gambon, Peter Egan and Dublin-based Gate Theatre and Pan Pan Theatre, it's a great exploration of Beckett's work . We also invite you to explore Beckett on Film, showing 19 different films based on Beckett’s works, with some of the masters of film making involved on both sides of the camera.

Finally, there are four talks and events discussing the relationships between radio and drama, Beckett and film, Beckett and contemporary art and movements and music – among other things.

With Beckett, every syllable, every sound is of importance. Adding a visual aspect to the radio plays, transforming works of fiction into live action and taking televised plays onto the stage brings an additional dimension. Don’t miss out on this chance to see Beckett differently.

5 reasons to see Beckett at the Festival

  1. Marvellous Michael Gambon stars, live on stage, in the acclaimed Gate Theatre production of Eh Joe. As well as being a highly respected theatre actor, Michael Gambon has also played headmaster Albus Dumbledore in 5 Harry Potter films, King George V in The King’s Speech, inspector Maigret and Philip Marlowe on TV, and he is the voice in a new ad Guinness ads – to name but a few! Book tickets now to get a chance to see him in person.
     
  2. Embers is reputed to be Beckett’s most difficult work, but the Pan Pan production has received outstanding reviews from performances in Dublin. The skull in the centre of the play is also a masterpiece of stagecraft, and never has ‘being inside someone else’s head’ been so clearly portrayed on stage. 
     
  3. If you need a good laugh, Barry McGovern’s one-man performance of three monologues from some of Beckett’s most renowned novels in I’ll Go On is 90 minutes of dazzling, wicked fun.
     
  4. The extraordinary Beckett on Film collection, comprising of 19 short and feature films from a wide array of film makers and actors is a rare opportunity not to be missed. You can save 20-30% if you buy tickets for multiple screenings! From full length features like Happy Days, Waiting for Godot and Endgame, to shorts directed by Damien Hirst and Neil Jordan, you will not be disappointed by any of these films, where the stars include Jeremy Irons, Harold Pinter, John Gielgud and Kristin Scott Thomas and many more. Tickets are only £4 per screening with special discounts if you see more than 3!
     
  5. Through four talks and events focusing on Beckett’s work and technology, anyone from Beckett scholars to new fans of this literary giant will learn something new and useful. With wonderfully named writer and theatre critic Dr Octavian Saiu at the chair for several of the events, expect insightful discussions from experts and opinionists.

We think everyone should have a chance to experience Beckett at the Festival this year, we are giving away 2 tickets to one performance of Embers or First Love (your choice!). To win, share your favourite Beckett quote on our Facebook page by noon on Saturday 24 August, and we’ll pick a winner!

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