THE PORTORA READINGS WITH SEAN MCGINLEY
THE PORTORA READINGS
Seán McGinley reading Dante and The Lobster by Samuel Beckett, followed by an in-conversation with author Carlo Gebler.
A Celebration of Samuel Beckett’s Short Prose
LOCATION: Enniskillen Royal Grammar (formerly Portora), Steel Hall, Enniskillen
DATES: Saturday 4th August, 3pm
TICKETS: £10 – tickets go on sale on 18th July
In this special festival event, Seán McGinley will read Dante and the Lobster, a short story by Beckett from his book of short stories, More Pricks Than Kicks, published in the 1930s, a decade after he left Portora, and it is viewed as his ‘Dubliners’. This is followed by conversation.
One of Ireland’s finest actors, Seán McGinley, comes to Happy Days to read one of Samuel Beckett’s funniest short stories, Dante and the Lobster. The story concerns a young man, Belacqua Shuah, who, like Beckett, is a student at Trinity College. He has promised to pick up a lobster for his aunt before going to his Italian lesson. He collects the lobster, which he believes to be freshly killed, and proceeds to his lesson. But whilst there, a cat attacks the parcel but it is rescued before any harm can be done. When the lesson is over Belacqua takes the lobster to his aunt’s house where he is horrified to learn that the lobster is not yet dead and will have to be boiled alive. He comforts himself that it will be a quick death. The last line of the story is ‘It is not.’
Seán McGinley’s film credits include The Truth Commissioner, The Field, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, Braveheart and The General and in television he has appeared in The Fall, Waking the Dead, Love/Hate, and most recently Paula and Shetland. Sean was a member of the Druid Theatre Company from 1977 to 1989 and his credits there includeThe Playboy of the Western World, Conversations on a Homecoming, Famine, The Glass Menagerie, Waiting for Godot, and Endgame.
SOME OF BECKETT’S FINEST WRITING is to be found in his short prose works, indeed Beckett saw himself as first and foremost a prose writer, not a dramatist. Audiences, though, seldom get a chance to hear these wonderful short pieces being read out loud but in this year’s festival we will do just that – and in the evocative environs of Beckett’s old school Portora (now Enniskillen Royal Grammar School) and other spaces.