‘A Taste of Beckett’ at the Theatre Royal

Coming home: Carrie Crowley, pictured with Arthur Riordan and Ben Barnes at the Theatre Royal.

Coming home: Carrie Crowley, pictured with Arthur Riordan and Ben Barnes at the Theatre Royal.

Theatre goers in the South East have the opportunity this summer to see two brand new productions of short works by Ireland’s Nobel Prize Winning author, Samuel Beckett in the evocative surroundings of Waterford’s Theatre Royal.
Theatre Royal Artistic Director Ben Barnes will direct Waterford’s Carrie Crowley in ‘Footfalls’ and Arthur Riordan in ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’.
Rarely seen in Ireland as a new productions in recent years as a result of The Gate Theatre’s dominance of the Beckett canon, the Theatre Royal is delighted to premiere these new productions for its audience in Waterford and beyond.
‘Footfalls’ is a moving and poetic distillation of the relationship between May and her mother evoked by two voices as May’s lone figure metronomically paces the stage, picking at the seams of their ghostly bonds.
Carrie Crowley returns to her home city for a five-week residency to play the role of May. Carrie has performed extensively on stage and her return to the Theatre Royal is like coming home for this Waterford Gaeilgeoir.
Carrie’s roles extend to television and radio, but her first love, theatre has seen her not only star in productions of ‘The Separation’, ‘Improbable Frequency’, ‘84 Charing Cross Road’, ‘The Adventures of the Wet Senor’ but also as writer, director and producer of ‘Waterway’.
‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ is a moving and beautiful evocation of human failure. Performed by renowned actor and playwright Arthur Riordan, 69-year-old Krapp listens to a recording of his 39-year-old self only serving to further exacerbate his sense of aloneness and a life filled with regret.
Arthur is a founding member of Rough Magic Theatre Company and has performed with most of Ireland’s leading theatre companies, including The Abbey and Peacock, Druid, Gaiety, Corca Dorca, Lane Productions and Pan Pan.
His latest musical, ‘The Train’, a fictional celebration surrounding the highly controversial “contraceptive train” of 1971, has been critically acclaimed during its run at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and Belfast’s The MAC.
This is only the second time that actors have taken residency at Waterford’s Theatre Royal. Last year, Don Wycherley, starring in Eoin Colfer’s My Real Life was artist-in-residence at the theatre for a five-week run.
Ben Barnes, Theatre Royal Artistic Director, is delighted to bring “these two plays from the master of the economically expressed drama of the human heart” to the Royal.
“The wonderful acoustics and atmosphere of the Theatre Royal work in tandem to heighten the intensity, desolation, loneliness, confusion and regret experienced by these two conflicted characters.”
A Taste of Beckett runs at the Royal from June 21st to July 21st. [June 21st Preview / June 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th, July 6th, 7th, 13th, 20th & 21st; Time: 8pm. Tickets: €17 / €15 concession. Early bird booking €15 /€13 concession until June 14th. Booking: 051 874402 or www.theatreroyal.ie]

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