WAITING FOR GODOT
by Samuel Beckett
DIRECTOR Luke Rogers
SET DESIGNER Gemma-Lark Johnson
LIGHTING DESIGNER Martin Kinnane
COSTUME DESIGNER Cassandra Pascoli
SOUND DESIGNER Michael Huxley
PHOTOGRAPHY Bob Seary
Waiting For Godot was a New Theatre production
”vaulted my expectations with daylight to spare” – Sydney Morning Herald (included in wrap-up of theatre highlights for 2010)
“8 out of 10. Godot has lost none of its power to intrigue and amuse, and this production does both... light on its feet, smartly paced and well acted throughout ... this is a very good Godot.” – Sun Herald
"A simple, highly engaging production that is pulsing with joy, love, forgiveness, frustration and anger ... thoroughly engages its audience." – Same Same
"Restrained and intelligent, balancing the play's pathos and melancholy with true tenderness" – Alternative Media Group
"Extremely strong, and really enjoyable... enthralling from start to finish.... Hilarious.... Suffer the brilliance of Beckett's wit, and perhaps ponder a few things on your way home." - Throw Shapes
Vladimir, the eternal optimist, and his neurotic comrade Estragon, stand vigil on a desolate road waiting for the arrival of someone - or something - named Godot. To pass the time they engage in comical wordplay, philosophical debate and nonsensical arguments. Will Godot ever appear? Why are they waiting? What does it matter?
This magical, absurdly funny allegory on our constant search for meaning raises more questions than answers. The action is all in the passing of time. The vaudevillian tradition of comic double-acts is channelled beautifully in this deceptively simple production, allowing the humour of the situation to live while never losing touch with those moments of heart-rending pathos.
When Waiting for Godot exploded onto the stage almost 60 years ago, it helped redefine and change the very nature of theatre itself. Today, it has lost none of its power to enthrall, intrigue and entertain.