A Cockpit Production
Listen to plays, poetry, prose, and letters.
Followed by an open discussion, in the comfortable Cockpit bar or upstairs in Studio 1.
With Peter Marinker – Director, Bookshop Theatre
SUNDAY 25th JUNE, 7PM: Beckett Letters Volume III
“These letters reveal the author striving to find a balance between the demands put upon him by his growing international fame, and his need for the peace and silence from which new writing might emerge.
While for the stage this period covers Krapp’s Last Tape, Happy Days and Play he also launches into work for radio with All That Fall and Embers, both written for the BBC, into television with Eh Joe, and into cinema with Film.
He also returns to fiction, writing Comment c’est (How It Is) his first novel in a decade; where hitherto he has been reticent about the process of composition, now he devotes letter after letter to describing his work in progress.
And for the first time Beckett, in the intense and abundant letters to Barbara Bray has a woman as his chief correspondent.
Here is the most reticent of twentieth-century writers… revealing himself in letter after letter as warm, playful, unfailingly polite even at his most vituperative and scatological, irreverent but never cynical, and, above all, a brilliant stylist whose learning is without the slightest pretension or preciosity.”
From the introduction to Volume III
Please note: Readings will often be in Studio 1. Access is via a broad spiral staircase and is not wheelchair accessible or suitable for people who have difficulty with stairs.
If this is a problem please write to thebookshoptheatregmail [dot] com (subject: Mapping%20Beckett)