for Godot was written in French in 1949. In the first scene,
two men, Vladimir and Estragon, wait on a lonely country road for
an appointment with Godot. After a while Pozzo enters, leading Lucky
on a rope. They talk. Godot fails to arrive. The second scene is a mirror image of the first.
The Irish critic Vivian Mercier called Waiting
for Godot a play in which 'nothing happens, twice'.
of a grave in a difficult birth. Down in the hole, lingeringly,
the grave-digger puts on the forceps. We have time to grow old.
The air is full of our cries. [He listens.] But habit is a great
Vladimir, Waiting for Godot
Yorker Michael Lindsay-Hogg's
film credits as director include Let it Be, Two of Us, Alone, Frankie Starlight, Running Mates, The Object
of Beauty and The Strange
Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, amongst many others.
Waiting for Godot] Beckett
creates an amazing blend of comedy, high wit and an almost unbearable
poignancy in a funny yet heartbreaking image of man's fate. With
the camera, you can pick those moments and emphasise them, making
Beckett's rare and extraordinary words all the more intimate.'
Barry McGovern (Vladimir) is a former member of the RTÉ Players and the Abbey Theatre
Company. With a wide experience in theatre, film, radio and television,
Barry has also written music for many shows, co-written two musicals
and directed plays and operas for a number of companies. Recent
stage work includes The Shadow of a Gunman; Noises Off; The Pirates of Penzance; Twelfth
at Lughnasa and Endgame.
Films include Riders
to The Sea, Joe Versus
the Volcano, Billy Bathgate,
Far and Away, Braveheart, The Disappearance of Finbar, The Informant, Miracle at Midnight and Sparrow's
Trap. He most recently worked with director Atom Egoyan on Felicia's Journey. Barry had major international
success with his award-winning one-man Beckett show I'll Go On, which the Gate Theatre
presented at the 1985 Dublin Theatre Festival.
for Godot is probably the most accessible of Beckett's plays,'
says Barry. 'It's like Mozart too easy for children, too
difficult for adults. I remember my stepson saying: "I know
what Godot is about. It's
about these two men waiting for somebody who never arrives."
That's it! There are ramifications in all sorts of directions, overtones
and undertones, but that is basically what it's about.
people think of Beckett as a very negative writer. I think he's
a positive writer. The last three words of [his novel] The Unnameable are: "I'll go on"
"You must go on; I can't go on; I'll go on."'
Johnny Murphy (Estragon)
starred as the sax player in the hit film The Commitments. His appearances at the Gate include productions of
Arrah-na-Pogue and The Saints Go Cycling In. For the Gate
Theatre's Beckett Festival at the Lincoln Centre in New York and
at The Barbican Centre in London (1991, 1996 and 1999) he appeared
in Waiting For Godot, Ohio Impromptu and Catastrophe. Recent theatre credits include productions of As You Like It, Buddelia, I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell, Brothers
of the Brush, A Picture
of Paradise, At Swim Two Birds and The
Passion of Jerome. Film credits include
Angela's Ashes, The War of the Buttons, Into the West, I Went Down
and Fools of Fortune.
Brennan (Lucky) began his acting career in 1971 at the Gate
Theatre, Dublin, in The Barretts of Wimpole Street. Since then
he has appeared in more than 50 leading and supporting roles in
productions including Brian Friel's Living
Quarters, Tom Murphy's Morning
After Optimism, Brian Moore's Emperor
of Ice-cream and Tom Kilroy's Talbot
Box, which transferred to the Royal Court, among numerous others.
He has also worked in television and film.