How It Is by Samuel Beckett part 1 will received its world premiere performance on Feb 1st 2018 at Everyman Cork supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.
'A flawless conjunction of acting and staging - 5 Stars' The Irish Times.
The production will run at The Coronet (Print Room) in Notting Hill Gate, London from May 3 - 19 as part of GB18 Culture Ireland's program of Irish culture in the UK during 2018.
The creative team of director Judy Hegarty Lovett, performers Conor Lovett and Stephen Dillane and sound designer/composer/performer Mel Mercier developed How It Is Part 1 over several development workshops and work-in-progress presentations at Everyman Theatre in Cork, where the company are Theatre Artists in Residence (Supported by The Arts Council and Cork City Council) since 2015. Early development presentations were also been held at The Minghella Centre, University of Reading, Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and at Lincoln Centre, New York during White Light Festival 2015. On 23rd February 2018, following the premiere, Gare St Lazare held an International Symposium on How It Is by Samuel Beckett, at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais (supported by La Fondation Irlandaise).
Samuel Beckett's last full-length novel How It Is is one of his least known works. The three-part novel is presented in short unpunctuated paragraphs and appears to tell the story of a lone figure in a landscape of mud and darkness who drags with him a sack of tins and a tin-opener repeating, as he journeys, the words of a voice he hears inside and outside his own head. He encounters a fellow traveller, Pim, and a bizarre relationship ensues followed by Pim's eventual escape. In a compelling innovation of form that pushes language to its limits, Beckett has created a work that is as evocative and emotionally charged as it is perplexing.
Having presented ten Beckett prose texts on stage, Gare St Lazare Ireland now bring this unique work to a wider audience through their work. The company are the world's only ensemble dedicated to an exploration of the work of Samuel Beckett through his prose, drama and radio drama.