Arts
Arts > Cutting-edge Beckett

12 October 2016 | by Mark Lawson

Cutting-edge Beckett


 

Samuel Beckett wrote 22 stage plays, the extreme infrequency and brevity of the later works suggesting that he felt he had done enough in theatre. In the modern fashion, though, there has been a posthumous attempt to expand his dramatic output. The radio play All That Fall has twice been adapted for stage, and now Lisa Dwan has reworked a selection from the writer’s 1960s prose pieces, Texts for Nothing, into a 70-minute monologue she calls No’s Knife.

The Irish actress is a Beckett specialist, her performance of his stage shorts, Not I/ Footfalls/Rockaby, a success in London, Dublin and New York. Combining a dancer’s flexibility with a singer’s vocal range, Dwan is an ideal interpreter of an author who paid as much attention to physical shapes as spoken phrases.





Subscriptions

Subscribe to The Tablet from just £19.99 quarterly
3 options available
Subscribe




Share this story

Article List


Post a Comment

You can post as a subscriber user...


User Comments (0)

Newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter

Sign Up

Latest Issue
Digital/PDF Version

PDF version (iPad-friendly)

Previous Issues
Tablet Subscription

Manage my subcription here

Manage
Top