Doors open at 6.30pm: CCS PTA’s Bar
Mark Nixon and Nora Connolly discuss Echo’s Bones a short story intended by Samuel Beckett to form the end piece of his 1934 collection of interrelated stories More Pricks than Kicks.
Nora Connolly reads extracts from Echo’s Bones. Mark and Nora also discuss the Samuel Beckett Collection at Reading University www.reading.ac.uk/special-collections/collections/sc-beckett.aspx
Mark Nixon is Associate Professor in Modern Literature at the University of Reading, where he is also Director of the Beckett International Foundation. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Beckett Studies and Co-Director of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, and the current President of the Samuel Beckett Society. He has published widely on Beckett’s work; his most recent publication is the critical edition of Beckett’s short story Echo’s Bones which remained unpublished until 2014.
Nora Connolly, member of The Irish Literary Society, trained at the Abbey Theatre Dublin. In 1991 she directed and designed the set for an all-women production of Waiting For Godot in Galway and then took it to Dublin. She has performed at The National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and many regional theatres in classic Irish plays by O’Casey, Synge and most recently Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane. She has devised and performed in literary events celebrating James Joyce for Bloomsday and W.B. Yeats. She has taken her own one woman poetry show Going West to the Prague Fringe Festival.
TABOO OR NOT TABOO
Nora Connolly’s presentation about her 1991 production of Waiting for Godot for the new all-women theatre company called ‘TABOO’. When the production was invited to the Focus Theatre Dublin it attracted controversy from The Beckett Estate and, despite the threat of an injunction, played on.
Twenty-five years later, the records of this experience are due to be included in The Beckett Project archive. The presentation will include a discussion on women in Beckett’s plays in general.
With thanks to Chipping Campden School PTA and Toke’s Food and Drink
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This event is sponsored by Sarah and Peter Taylor, Seymour House Bed and Breakfast: