A four week workshop running on Saturday evenings this July
Runs on four Saturdays: 1, 8, 15 and 22 July; 8-10pm each week
The author of Waiting for Godot
, Beckett has had a huge influence on theatre since the Second World War. A key figure in the ‘Theatre of Absurd’, his works are often a tragicomic take on the human condition.
Through analysis and performance of his most important plays, participants will get a greater understanding of the father of absurdism. You’ll learn to understand and unlock the humour and hope that underpins his canon of work.
Of course, to understand Beckett is to perform Beckett, so all sessions will place emphasis on practical application. Each week we’ll perform and direct specific scenes from each play – as part of a framework for exploring how the style of Beckett's work differs so greatly from other forms of theatre.
This short course is will help enrich any actor or director's experience. It’ll be a fantastic introduction to the playwright for anyone interested in theatre and performance.
Week 1Waiting for Godot
– we’ll look at why Beckett’s famous creation was once voted the most significant play of the 20th Century.
Combining metaphor with an absurdist message, Beckett’s Endgame
will be the focus.
We’ll delve into Beckett's multi-disciplinary work, exploring his pieces for radio as well as his physical comedies. We’ll analyse Beckett’s Rough for Radio I, All that Fall,
and Act Without Words I & I.
Course participants get the opportunity to perform or direct one of Beckett's shorter pieces and present it to the group. Suggested plays for performance will be: What Where, Rough for Theatre I, Rockaby,
and That Time.
Dan Martin, better known by his professional name, Dan Dawes, is an actor, director and playwright. He is a qualified Drama and English teacher, a graduate of Cambridge University and a former Questors trustee.
In 2016 Dan founded the theatre company 'Idle Discourse’ – recent productions include The Chainsaw Manicure at the Tabard Theatre in 2017 and Steel Tumbleweed at The Courtyard Theatre in 2016.
Advance booking is essential. To book your place contact Jane Mason on 020 8567 0011 or email email@example.com
£32 for Questors Members or £42 for non-members. Contact Jane Mason on 020 8567 0011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org