PURGATORIO: WALKING FOR WAITING FOR GODOT

PURGATORIO: WALKING FOR WAITING FOR GODOT

Sat 4th, Sun 5th, Sat 18th, Sun 19th August 2018
MARBLE ARCH CAVES UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK, Fermanagh
outdoor event |

PURGATORIO: WALKING FOR WAITING FOR GODOT

Tragi-Comedy for the Border

LOCATION: Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geo-park

DATES:

Saturday 4th August, 10am

Sunday 5th August, 10am

Saturday 18th August, 10am

Sunday 19th August, 10am

(All performances necessitate walking from 8am or before)

TICKETS: £15

A Country Road.  A Mountain.  A Tree.  Morning.

It arrives at the custom-house as it were, with no luggage, no passport and nothing to declare yet it gets through, as might a pilgrim from Mars…’  Kenneth Tynan on Waiting for Godot, Observer 1953.

IN ‘WAITING FOR GODOT’ it is usually the characters of the play, Vladimir and Estragon who do the walking and suffer sore feet for their troubles but in this unique site-specific Godot it is the audience who walk, through the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geo-park (the first transnational geopark in the world), through the existential Beckettian landscape, to gather at the Irish border around Antony Gormley’s Tree for Waiting for Godot (specially installed for the occasion) for a rehearsed reading of the play.

This is participatory, experiential drama at its most extreme and on the last Happy Days before Brexit the festival is culturally occupying the border with a quintessentially Irish play that nonetheless has universal appeal, whose themes could not be more relevant to our times – themes of waiting, of the sense of the days repeating themselves, of despair, of pathos, of homelessness, but all of this lifted by the hopefulness of great art.

The Festival presents its first Waiting for Godot in English, subsequent to previously presented productions from The Berliner Ensemble in German Warten Auf Godot directed by George Tabori (2015), Theatre Nono in French En Attendant Godot (2014) and New York New Yiddish Rep in Yiddish Wartn Af Godot (2013).

This site-specific Godot is a sequel to the Dante-inspired Inferno (2013).