My introduction to Samuel Beckett was a baptism of fire : I was
invited to direct ‘Not I’, ‘What, Where’ and ‘Act Without Words
1’ as part of the Gate Theatre, Dublin’s Beckett festival at the
Barbican. Fortunately, the productions were a success.
Subsequently, I’ve directed a further six of Beckett’s short
plays, including ‘Footfalls’ and ‘Come and Go’, as well as a
production of ‘Fin de Partie’ (‘Endgame’).
When directing Niamh Cusack in ‘Not I’ I found that delving
beyond the text into the character’s history was as crucial with
Beckett as it is with the work of any other playwright. I have
employed that principle ever since.
‘Fin de Partie’ was produced in Welsh and I
felt it crucial that it resonate for a Welsh audience. We
located the production in the cellar room typical of the
Georgian coastal houses in West Wales and allowed the costumes
to be influenced by what would have been worn in Wales during
the 1950s. The plight of Hamm and Clov, Nagg and Nell, gained
poignancy and relevance because of it.
What they said about Beckett plays