Samuel Beckett’s trilogy of plays comes to the West End
Lisa Dwan stars in Not I, Rockaby and Footfalls at the Duchess theatre in London
Following a sell-out season at the Royal Court theatre Samuel Beckett’s trilogy: Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby comes to the Duchess theatre in London’s West End.
For a strictly limited season, from the 3rd February to the 15th February 2014, Lisa Dwan will perform her one-woman Samuel Beckett trilogy of plays, Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby.
After a critically acclaimed sell-out run of Beckett’s landmark one-woman piece Not I, Lisa will perform Not I alongside two other Beckett classics Footfalls and Rockaby, directed by Walter Asmus.
Not I is an intense monologue, set in a pitch-black space dramatically lit by a single beam of light. A disembodied female mouth floats eight feet above the stage and delivers a stream of consciousness, spoken, as Beckett directed, at the speed of thought. Lisa Dwan was tutored in the role by Billie Whitelaw, who originally performed the part at its 1973 UK premiere and was personally coached for the part by Beckett himself.
Rockaby is probably the most famous of Beckett’s last works. It explores loneliness and features a prematurely old woman dressed in an evening gown, sitting on a wooden rocking chair that appears to rock of its own accord.
Footfalls features Lisa Dwan as May, wrapped in rags, pacing back and forth like a metronome, on a strip of bare landing outside her dying mother’s room. Footfalls was first performed by Billie Whitelaw at the Royal Court Theatre in 1976 directed by Beckett himself.