Beckett Festival kicks off in Enniskillen

Beckett Festival kicks off in Enniskillen

The third annual Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival gets underway on Thursday.

The unique commemoration is the only festival solely dedicated to celebrating Samuel Beckett through the full range of the arts, including theatre, dance, film, visual arts, literature and broadcast.

Throughout the 12 day celebration, a host of events and performances will take place in over 30 locations across Enniskillen, where the Nobel-prize winning poet spent his formative years as a student at the Portora Royal School.

Sean Doran, Director of the Festival, said: "Just as Stratford is the place for William Shakespeare, or Aldeburgh for Benjamin Britten, Bayreuth for Wagner, or Figueras for Salvador Dali, Enniskillen is the best place in the world to host this festival and to bring new audiences to appreciate and enjoy the work of Samuel Beckett in a multi-faceted way."

"We are immensely proud to have been able to establish a global focus in Enniskillen for Samuel Beckett, not just as one of the world's greatest writers, but also showing the influence of his work on artists in all media."

The 2014 Festival is opened with a double presentation of Samuel Beckett's classic Waiting for Godot in two separate productions, one in French and one in Yiddish.

Other highlights of the programme include a new production of Samuel Beckett's one act play, Catastrophe, directed by Adrian Dunbar.

Also featuring during the Festival will be the UK and Irish premiere of Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, directed by Peter Stein and performed by the Golden Globe winning legendary stage and film actor and director, Klaus Maria Brandauer, who is making his first appearance in Ireland.

Meanwhile, following the popularity of last year's event in Marble Arch caves, John Cage's masterpiece Roaratorio: An Irish Circus on Finnegans Wake will be presented as a sound installation in the spectacular underground caves, which can only be entered by boat.

The Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival runs from 31 July - 10 August. A full programme of events can be found here.


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