Cascando (1963) by Samuel Beckett
Pan Pan Theatre (Ire)
Director: Gavin Quinn
Designer: Aedin Cosgrove
Sound Design/Music: Jimmy Eadie
Dramturg: Nick Johnston
Performed By: Andrew Bennet and Daniel Reardon
DATES & TIMES:
Fri 26th July – 8.30pm
Sat 27th July – 2pm, 3pm, 4.30pm & 5.30pm
Sun 28th July – 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3.15pm
Event Duration: 30 mins
Location: Meeting point at Enniskillen Royal Grammar (i.e. Portora)
***Booking is essential as capacity is very limited for this event***
A landscape site-specific radio promenade piece.
The audience are led walking in an outdoor landscape that Beckett once walked, wearing cloaks and listening to the play on headphones.
Internationally acclaimed and award winning Dublin based theatre company Pan Pan return to the festival for the thir time (All That Fall 2012, Quad 2017).
First broadcast in 1963, Cascando begins with the curious character Opener (Daniel Reardon) setting the scene: the month of May, a time of “reawakening”.The Opener commands two other presences: the winding Voice (Andrew Bennett) caught between arrest (” – stories … if you could finish it …”) and progress (“- nearly … just a few more … a few more”), and Music (designed by Jimmy Eadie), whole and forceful.
The unhurried pace of Bennett’s deep and riveting voice may provide a rhythm for our steps, as we listen to Voice’s struggle to tell a story. The absent figure named Woburn is identified by his “same old coat” and vague memories of a cave or shelter. As the same-dressed audience pass each other in the dark surroundings, it appears that images of the text have been slyly extracted. Has the audience been unknowingly cast as the play’s mystifying wanderer?
Along this journey, the tremendous pulse of Eadie’s music threatens to overwhelm. It rises in a wave of crashing strings, eventually settling to ring, pining, with Voice’s efforts.
If you suspected that Woburn’s journey resembled a pilgrimage, Reardon’s sullen Opener somewhat confirms it, suggesting God and a parable: “two outings and a return, to the village, to the inn”.