Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Samuel Beckett (1906 - 1989), who lived in Paris and wrote his plays and novels in French, not because his French was better than his English, but because it was worse. In works such as Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Molloy and Malone Dies, he wanted to show the limitations of language, what words could not do, together with the absurdity and humour of the human condition. In part he was reacting to the verbal omnipotence of James Joyce, with whom he’d worked in Paris, and in part to his experience in the French Resistance during World War 2, when he used code, writing not to reveal meaning but to conceal it.WithSteven ConnorProfessor of English at the University of CambridgeLaura SalisburyProfessor of Modern Literature at the University of ExeterAndMark NixonAssociate Professor in Modern Literature at the University of Reading and co-director of the Beckett International FoundationProducer: Simon Tillotson
Film reviews - The Chair - Notebooks of Samuel Beckett
Donald Clarke & Gemma Creagh review films, Free Guy, Coda, Mary McGill previews The Chair, a new academic comedy on Netflix starring Sandra Oh, Gavin Quinn, director of Pan Pan Theatre Company, Nick Johnson, co-director of the Trinity Centre for Beckett Studies on 'The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett', What is the Word, panpantheatre.com
The Play Podcast - 031 - Happy Days by Samuel Beckett
The Play Podcast
Episode 031: Happy Days by Samuel Beckett Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Lisa Dwan Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. Samuel Beckett’s third great dramatic masterpiece Happy Days is a timeless exploration of existential threat and personal survival. It’s central image of Winnie buried in a mound of scorched earth also speaks to our own time when many have endured enforced confinement in a world struck by collective disaster. Irish actress and Beckett scholar Lisa Dwan, fresh from her triumphant performance as Winnie at the Riverside Studios in London, joins us to share her unique experience of playing Beckett and this majestic play.
An introduction to Waiting for Godot (1954), by the Franco-Irish novelist, playwright, Nobel laureate, and nihilist Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). This is a play in which nothing happens, twice — as the critic Vivian Mercier memorably wrote. In this three-part episode, you’ll learn first about Beckett’s style; and about the play’s structure, plot, and setting. Then we’ll address what it means to wait. What are we waiting for? How do we wait? What do we do as we wait? Finally, we’ll address the meaning of Godot. Who is he? What is he? What resolution does Godot offer and withhold?If you ever have, or someone you know has, suicidal thoughts — caused by existential dread or any reason whatsoever — reach out to the Distress Centre 24/7 at 403-266-HELP(4357).
EP 008: Joanna Rotté - The Stella Adler Conservatory, Samuel Beckett and Scenes from a Life
Into the Absurd with Tina Brock
Joanna Rotté is a theatre director of non-mainstream work and a member of Actors Equity Association. As Professor Emeritus at Villanova University, she served on the faculty for 30 years, including 7 years as Chair of the Department of Theatre and 5 years as Director of East Asia Studies. Her books include Scene Change (A Theatre Diary: Prague, Moscow, Leningrad) and Acting with Adler. Her essays on theatre, art, and culture – written for The Soul of the American Actor Newspaper and Broad Street Review – can be found at http://joannarotte.com.A longtime meditation practitioner, she’s narrated five books written by Pema Chodron. Now, in the time of Covid, Joanna periodically posts a blog called DharmaTheatre. You are cordially invited to visit http://joannarotte.com/blog/, and you can subscribe at and you may subscribe http://joannarotte.com/contact/.
No Script: The Podcast | S5 Episode 17: "Krapp's Last Tape" by Samuel Beckett
No Script: The Podcast
It's the final episode of Monologue Month! The concluding episode of this season's themed month is a discussion of perhaps the most famous and celebrated one person show of all time, written by one of the most famous and celebrated playwrights of all time: "Krapp's Last Tape" by Samuel Beckett! Listen in! ------------------------------ Please consider supporting us on Patreon. For as low as $1/month, you can help to ensure the No Script Podcast can continue. https://www.patreon.com/noscriptpodcast ----------------------------- We want to keep the conversation going! Have you read this play? Have you seen it? Comment and tell us your favorite themes, characters, plot points, etc. Did we get something wrong? Let us know. We'd love to hear from you. Find us on social media at: Email: email@example.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/No-Script-The-Podcast-1675491925872541/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/noscriptpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/noscriptpodcast/ ------------------------------ Our theme song is “Upbeat Soda Pop” by Purple Planet Music. Credit as follows: Music: http://www.purple-planet.com ------------------------------ Thanks so much for listening! We’ll see you next week.