20/02/19

Endgame & Mamgu

Date: 20/02/19
Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

AN EXCITING DOUBLE-BILL OF THEATRE, IN COLLABORATION WITH
THE DRAMA SOCIETY – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH WALES :

“ENDGAME” BY SAMUEL BECKETT
& “MAMGU” (A new work devised by the Company)

“MAMGU”
Competitive Grandmothering; Skeletons in the Cupboard and other secrets!
Grandmother of the Year Contest; Glamorous Gran Contest;
Grandparents always seem to be much, much older – especially those in the past!
Is the “Mamgu” of TODAY, any different to those of YESTERDAY?

“I don’t want people thinking
‘What a sweet little old lady.”
I want ‘em saying
‘Oh crap! What’s she up to now?’”
OR
“I am happy with ‘What a sweet little old lady.’
Why not?”

“ENDGAME” BY SAMUEL BECKETT
Written in French in April, 1957, “Fin de partie”, was premiered not in Paris (or anywhere in France) as planned, but at The Royal Court Theatre, London and “was generally received with hostility and bemusement”. His English translation was not staged until January, 1958 (not in London or Paris, but New York!). Early productions were deemed to be “bleak” and “unremitting” by many critics. Today, many critics believe “Endgame” “to be his greatest one-act play.”!

The world of HAMM, CLOV, NAGG & NELL is hard to understand; Beckett himself claimed that he couldn’t provide “insights” into the play’s “meaning”.

“… the business of a poet is not to clarify, but to suggest, to imply, to employ words…..beyond the compass of explicit definition.” (Harold Hobson, Theatre Critic);
“…. A magnificent theatrical experience.” (The Sunday Times)

HAMM: Clov!
CLOV: [Impatiently] What is it?
HAMM: We’re not beginning to…to…mean something?
CLOV: Mean something! You and I, mean something! [Brief laugh.] Ah that’s a good one!
This amateur production of “ENDGAME” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LIMITED.

Ticket price: £7

Charlotte Rae and James Greene in “Endgame.” Written by Samuel Beckett and directed by Alan Mandell, “Endgame” plays through May 22, 2016, at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772. Contact: CTGMedia@CenterTheatreGroup.org / (213) 972-7376 Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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