Samuel Becketts Theatre: Life Journeys

Paperback | April 15, 2001

byKatharine Worth

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In this uniquely personal account of Samuel Beckett's theatre, Katharine Worth draws on a wealth of remarkable material - her own work producing and directing productions of Beckett's plays, often with leading actors such as Patrick Magee, but also with students; the experience of watchingother productions; her successful adaptation of Beckett's novella, Company, for the stage; and conversations and correspondence with Beckett himself. The book focuses on the power that Beckett's theatre has to fascinate us with the ordinary small experiences of life as well as its great mysteries.The strange life-journeys taken on his stage are seen to be the universal journey; the endless story-telling about it a process we all engage in. The critical discussion highlights the unique fusion on Beckett's stage of cosmic scenery and humorous individualism. It takes in at one end influentialforerunners such as Maeterlinck, Yeats, and Dickens and at the other the lively contemporary performances, sometimes controversial, that testify to the enduring human appeal and magnetism of Beckett's plays and stage fiction.

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In this uniquely personal account of Samuel Beckett's theatre, Katharine Worth draws on a wealth of remarkable material - her own work producing and directing productions of Beckett's plays, often with leading actors such as Patrick Magee, but also with students; the experience of watchingother productions; her successful adaptation of...

Revolutions in Modern English Drama (Bell and Hyman, 1973) Beckett the Shape Changer (Routledge, 1975) The Irish Drama of Europe from Yeats to Beckett (Athlone Press, 1978) Oscar Wilde (Macmillan, 1983) Maeterlinck's Plays in Performance (Chadwyck-Healey, 1985) Waiting for Godot and Happy Days: Text and Performance (Houndmill/Macm...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198187793

ISBN - 13:9780198187790

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Note to the ReaderOur Life Journeys in Beckett's Theatre: An IntroductionCosmic SceneryHeaven, Hell, and the Space BetweenLifelines: Humour and Homely SayingsTaking the Life Journey and Telling ItBe Again, Memory!Shared Words: The Camaraderie of QuotationRhythmsMagnetic BeckettCompanyNotesIndex

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`Review from hardback edition: The book is enriched throughout with her memories of her meetings with [Beckett], quotations from his letters to her ... she insists that the greatness of Beckett's theatre lies in its capacity to speak to and with the universal experience of life's journey ...Even if we persist in seeing in Beckett's plays an imagination of human desolation at its most unrelieved, Worth's book may force us to think again about what it is we enjoy, what we gain from that experience.'Nicholas Grene, Irish University Review