ALL MANKIND IS US: WALKING FOR WAITING FOR GODOT (NI)
All Mankind is Us: Walking for Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
‘at this place, at this moment, all mankind is us’ (Vladimir, Waiting for Godot)
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 Godotit 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 cultural history of socio-political site-specific Godot is a sequel to the Dante-inspired Inferno (2013).
Waiting for Godot has become increasingly a play that communities in distress turn to for comfort. There is a worldwide lineage of Waiting for Godot productions of this socio-political nature, most notably the St. Quentin prison Waiting for Godot (1957), Johannesburg’s Market Theatre all black Waiting for Godot (1976), Susan Sontag’s Sarajevo Waiting for Godot (1993) and the New Orlean’s Hurricane Katrina Waiting for Godot (2007).
Arts Over Borders first trialed its Irish border Walking for Waiting for Godot in 2018 as a performed reading with Northern Irish actors one weekend and Republic of Ireland actors another weekend, both presentations around Sir Antony Gormley’s stainless steel Tree for Waiting for Godot in a remote upland bog on the Irish border. The event had an enormous impact with its audiences, enough to convince us that this cyclical play should return within the festival as a constant every year.
Booking is essential!
DATES & TIMES:
Sat 27th July – 4pm
Sun 28th July – 4.30pm
Event Duration: 210 – 240 minutes (3.5 – 4 hours)
Location: Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geo-Park
Castle Museum, Enniskillen (Car Park)
Swanlinbar (Maxol Filling Station)
Bus departs Enniskillen Castle to take the audience to the Irish border where the audience will begin a gentle uphill 3km walk through meadow, country road to reach Sir Antony Gormley’s festival commissioned Tree for Waiting for Godot installed in the blanket bog just under Cuilcach Mountain on the border between County Fermanagh (NI) and County Cavan (ROI).
- Toilet facilities not available on site!
- Event to include 45 minute gentle walk uphill.
- Whilst the walk is mainly on a pathway, it is uneven underfoot and does get progressively steeper.
- Audience members are reminded that this is an outdoor seated event!
- Seating is available!
- Please bring suitable walking/hiking footwear and warm clothing
- Audience members are also invited to bring water and snacks to replenish your energy.