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Thursday 18 July 2013 @ 07:00pm :  -
Miracle Theatre Co - Waiting for Godot: Review


It was as though the playwright himself had ordained the weather for the outdoor performance of his resolutely external play, Waiting for Godot. The residue of at least two weeks of an unseasonably hot summer (it’s been a few years since we’ve known blue skies to be seasonable) hung like an evocation of the fug in which his characters exist – endlessly waiting for the enigmatic Godot. The performance was perfectly synchronised with the timing of the play’s setting at the waning of the day as a languid audience of around a hundred reclined under a cloudless sky in the garden of the Square as the ensemble laid before us, sometimes literally, Beckett’s masterpiece of social commentary.

Beckett achieved extraordinary things with this work, first performed in Paris in 1953 and still a benchmark of modernity. Like Joyce, his talent was for the paradox of coruscating tedium. In a nutshell Waiting for Godot is two afternoons in the lives of the disillusioned yet fatefully cheerful down-and-outers, Vladimir and Estragon, and their encounter with the extreme personae of Pozzo and Lucky. ~ Geoff Stubbs - Purbeck Journal

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