By Samuel Becket
A Tragicomedy in two acts
Directed by Martyn Jolly
Two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. During their wait they converse on everything, and nothing. During their wait, Pozzo and Lucky entertain them. A boy arrives and tells them Godot will not be coming today.
The same. But different.
You will note very little is given away in this synopsis. It is for this reason the play has been described as “A play where nothing happens. Twice.” However, it has also been voted as the most significant play in the English language. It is rich in themes that the text explores tangentially, and it is my job, and that of my actors to develop these themes.
All character traits can be found in the text. Every extrapolation after that is down to us to develop. They are traditionally played with Irish accents, but I have not particular desire to include this in my production.
The Beckett Estate heavily regulates this play, and therefore male actors must play all parts. There are no age limitations.
- Friend to Estragon. Talkative, tends to take charge.
- Friend to Vladimir. Interested in sleeping, forgetful.
- Self-satisfied in the first act, pathetic in the second.
- Slave to Pozzo
- Declares the non- arrival of Godot. Pivotal.
With only 5 parts, all are important roles.
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