A Royal Court Theatre and Lisa Dwan production in association with Cusack Projects Ltd.
Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby
Tue 23 September - Sat 27 September
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Lisa Dwan performs a one-woman SamuelBeckett trilogy after a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Royal Court. Lisa will perform Not I alongside two other Beckett classics Footfalls and Rockaby, directed by Walter Asmus.
Beckett’s Not I is an intense monologue, set in a pitch-black space lit by a single beam of light. A disembodied female mouth floats eight feet above the stage and delivers a stream of consciousness, spoken, as Beckett directed, at the speed of thought. Lisa Dwan was tutored in the role by Billie Whitelaw, who originally performed the part at its 1973UK premiere and was personally coached for the part by Beckett himself.
Footfalls features May, wrapped in tatters, pacing back and forth like a metronome, on a strip of bare landing outside her dying mother’s room. Footfalls was first performed by Billie Whitelaw, for whom the piece had been written, at the Royal Court Theatre as part of the Samuel Beckett Festival, in 1976 directed by Beckett himself.
Rockaby is probably the most famous of Beckett’s last works. It explores loneliness and features a prematurely old woman dressed in an evening gown, sitting on a wooden rocking chair that appears to rock of its own accord. Rockaby was first performed inNew York in 1980 starring Billie Whitelaw and then at the National Theatre in 1981.
Lisa Dwan has worked extensively in theatre, film and television both internationally and in her native Ireland. Film credits include; Oliver Twist and John Boorman’s Tailor of Panama and Bhopal – A Prayer for Rain due for release this year. In 2012, she adapted, produced and performed the critically acclaimed one woman play Beside the Sea at the South Bank Centre and on tour and starred in Goran Bregović’s new music drama, Margot, Diary Of An Unhappy Queen at the Barbican. She most recently performed in Ramin Gray’s production of Illusions by Ivan Viripaev at the Bush Theatre.
Walter Asmus directs. He was Beckett’s long-time friend and collaborator, assisting him on many of his productions at the Schiller Theatre inBerlin and for TV in Stuttgart. His production of Waiting for Godot, which toured extensively internationally, including in 2008 a one-night-only tour of the 32 counties ofIreland, was widely described as the ‘definitive production’.
“It’s as much like a séance as theatre, a kind of collective hallucination”
- Read the preview on Creative Tourist
★★★★★ What'sOnStage.com, The Telegraph, The Guardian
★★★★ The Independent, The Times
'One of the theatrical experiences of a lifetime.' Wall Street Journal
Group Discounts Available
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Please note: this performance takes place in a state of complete blackout.