Anglo Cypriot Theatre presents Krapp’s Last Tape and Footfalls by Samuel Beckett
May 25, 26 and 27 at 8pm at ARTos Foundation Theatre, Ay Omologites, Nicosia
Anglo Cypriot Theatre (ACT) presents two of Samuel Beckett’s seminal one act plays: Krapp’s Last Tape and Footfalls, directed by Leila Saad and Paul Stewart respectively. The performances will be followed by question and answer sessions with the directors and cast.
This is a rare opportunity to see two of Beckett’s one act plays on stage in Cyprus. Paul Stewart is an internationally recognised Beckett scholar, with two books and over 30 scholarly articles published on Beckett to his name. His deep knowledge of Beckett, combined with Leila Saad’s unrivalled experience as a director, will guarantee a high quality theatrical event.
Krapp’s Last Tape is often seen as one of Beckett’s more personal plays, as an aged, failing writer – Krapp – records his latest journal entry onto a tape recorder on the event of his birthday. He listens to a previous recording from some 30 years before, in which the younger Krapp bids “farewell to love”, details the passing of his mother, and celebrates the intellectual “crest of a wave” that will see him embark on his great work. Through the technique of using the tape recorder, Beckett presents three stages of Krapp and the play questions the role of memory, art, and the possibilities of love. Krapp will be played by Paul Stewart, recently seen in The God of Carnage.
Footfalls is a play in four movements, enacted between a figure on stage, May, and a voice off-stage, that of May’s mother. May paces the dimly lit front of stage with obsessive precision, her feet shuffling upon the boards. Enigmatic, visually and rhythmically striking, the play is a deeply theatrical work that involves the audience in questioning how May came to such state of ghostly repetition, forever “revolving it all” in her “poor mind”. Jill McDonald and Rosie Charalambous bring this later, classic Beckett play chillingly to life.
ACT (Anglo Cypriot Theatre) was founded in 1982 and has been entertaining audiences in Cyprus ever since. Each year the volunteer members put on a variety of productions from comedy to drama, Shakespeare to Christmas shows and also get together for social events. ACT receives no money from government sources but funds all its activities from membership fees and ticket sales. Every year, the group donates funds to local charities and runs a bursary scheme for performing arts students. Recently, ACT has revived its youth wing – Young ACT (YACT) encouraging young people to develop their confidence and abilities through drama workshops and productions. ACT hopes to offer more young people to chance to develop their drama skills in the future.
Media Sponsor: The Cyprus Mail
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Cost: €10. For groups over 12 people, €6