was written in French in 1957. Hamm, who is blind and unable to
walk, and Clov, Hamm's servant, occupy 'a bare interior'. Nagg and
Nell, Hamm's parents, are in dustbins in a corner, and sometimes
pop up to talk. Clov looks out of the two small windows with a telescope.
The world outside seems dead and grey. Daily rituals are performed
ad nauseam. 'Why this farce, day after day?' asks Nell. Hamm and
Clov have both 'had enough'. They repeatedly discuss whether or
not Clov will leave, and why he stays. Hamm asks Clov to kill him,
but he won't. However, Nell dies. Finally, Clov says he's leaving
once again and returns 'dressed for the road', but he stands watching
Hamm until the curtain falls.
[Pause. He corrects himself.]
You CRIED for night; it comes
[Pause. He corrects himself.]
It FALLS: now cry in darkness.
[ He repeats, chanting.]
You cried for night; it falls: now cry in darkness.
Nicely put, that.
writer and director Conor McPherson has written several highly acclaimed plays including
St Nicholas and the multiple-award-winning
The Weir, commissioned
by and staged at the Royal Court Theatre. This production earned
him the Evening Standard Award and Critics' Circle Award for Most
Promising Playwright. In 1999 The
Weir won Best Play at the Olivier Awards. In 1996 Conor wrote
the script for I Went Down for Treasure Films/BBC films,
produced by Robert Walpole and directed by Paddy Breathnach. In
1999, he wrote and directed Saltwater,
a film adaptation of his play This
Lime Tree Bower.
the film will demystify Beckett's reputation for being hard going.
I just wanted to make sure it was funny, because, if it was funny,
it could be understood. It's a comedy, a bittersweet comedy.'
Gambon (Hamm) was one of the original members of the National
Theatre Company at the Old Vic under Laurence Olivier. He then went
on to work in many major theatre productions, including the premières
of Harold Pinter's Betrayal and Mountain Language.
In 1995 he won the Evening
Standard's Best Actor Award for his performance in The Life of Galileo and Volpone.
His many films include Peter Greenaway's The
Cook, The Thief, his Wife and Her Lover, and most recently The Gambler, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Last
September and Tim Burton's Sleepy
film credits of David Thewlis (Clov) include Paul McGuigan's
Gangster No1, the Coen
brothers' The Big Lebowski,
David Caffrey's Divorcing
Jack, Jean Jacques Anaud's Seven
Years in Tibet, and Mike Leigh's Naked
and Life is Sweet, among others. His theatre
credits include The Sea
at the National Theatre and Ice
Cream at the Royal Court. He has also worked extensively in
television including in LWT's Dandelion Dead and the BBC's Singing
Detective and Skulduggery.
Simon (Nagg) has worked extensively in film, theatre, television
and radio. His film and television credits include Mike Leigh's
Topsy-Turvy, Sir Richard
and the BBC's Blind Justice,
Wives and Daughters, and The Singing Detective. He has also made
guest appearances in many television series including Father Ted, London's Burning,
and A Touch of Frost.
Anderson (Nell) has had a long and distinguished career in the
theatre. Her theatre credits include Variations
on a Theme at the Globe, Spring
Awakening at the Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare's Charley's
Aunt, among many others. She has also worked extensively in
television and film.