Waiting for Godot
From: Tuesday, 6th March 2012
To: Saturday, 10 March 2012
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Vladimir and Estragon are waiting. Two old men whose compulsion to wait for a visit from the indescribable Godot forces them to pass the time in the only way they can; with and for each other. Stories are told, boots are abandoned, religion is debated, memories of better days are shared - and time passes. Jokes are made, songs are sung, suicide is contemplated, the fear of being alone is overwhelming - and time passes. Chance meetings happen, arguments take place, thinking occurs, violence is advocated, hats are exchanged, friendship is venerated - and time passes. On a road with a single tree two old friends wait... and pass the time. The 1953 drama was voted the most significant play of the century by a poll undertaken by the National Theatre in 1998.
8 March 2012
Two men sit under a tree. It could be the beginning of a terrible joke and yet it's the simple scenario for what is considered as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century.
It last surfaced in London at the Haymarket, where Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan attracted strings of stars and an extended run. While this national tour is garnering less feverish admiration, it deserves rich praise.
An all-black cast sees West Yorkshire Playhouse and black-led Talawa Theatre put their stamp on Beckett's classic where "nothing happens, twice".
For starters, the two men Waiting for Godot both speak with a West Indian lilt. Patrick Robinson's grumpy Estragon and Jeffery Kissoon's good-natured, wry Vladimir make an excellent pair, fertile silences dissolving into gleeful bickering or stupid bowler hat-swapping.
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