Japanese Theatre Production: Godot has come
14th & 15th February 2014 at 7.30pm at the Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin & Granary Theatre, Cork at 8pm on 19th & 20th February
This February a production of “Godot has come” by the playwright, novelist and essayist Minoru Betsuyaku, directed by K. Kiyama, is taking place at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin and at the Granary Theatre in Cork.
Evening. A telegraph post is on stage right. A bus stop sign and a bench are on stage left. Estragon in shabby black clothes and hat carrying a shoe is trying to put off another shoe. Vladimir in similar attire comes with a toy trumpet. Lucky with a chain around his neck and Pozzo holding the chain appear just like those in Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”. But two young female receptionists and an elderly woman with a knitting set join them here. Then a man named Godot with an umbrella arrives and abruptly introduces himself to the receptionists, saying “I am Godot”. Minoru Betsuyaku’s critical view of modern society underlies the bold challenge of this work. Betsuyaku, who established the theatre of the absurd in Japan, wrote this brilliant play as a homage to Samuel Beckett.
Minoru Betsuyaku is a leading playwright in contemporary Japanese theatre. Influenced by writers such as Samuel Beckett and Franz Kafka, his absurd play “The Elephant” [Zo] (1962) dealing with atomic bomb victims received attracted great attention. He appeals to his audience in the ways he uses the language vividly spoken by people of the lower middle class and develops absurd situations happening in our daily lives. He is known as the most prolific writer of our day; he has not only written more than 130 plays but has also produced children’s stories, essays, criticisms, etc.
Dublin Tickets available from Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
Cork Tickets available from Granary Theatre, Cork