Waiting for Godot was written in Paris between October 1948 and January 1949. It was originally written in French and the first performance, in French, took place in Paris in January 1953. The play was controversial from the start and opinion has been divided ever since; however, a poll conducted by the National Theatre in 1990 voted it 'the most significant play of the 20th Century'.The date of its creation is significant: In 1948 Europe was in ruins after the second great war of the century. There was a pervading air of exhaustion and disillusionment. Godot has been described as 'the literature of exhaustion'. It is there in the starkness of the set and the poverty of the characters. The play is also to do with time: Despite the similarity of the acts, it is clear that time has moved on in the second act and that things have become, sub6ly but inexorably, worse. But these are not the themes of the play. They are merely pointers towards a complex and multi-layered piece of work. Beckett described the play as 'a tragicomedy' and refused to give any indication of how it should be interpreted. So this is our interpretation.
Directed by Jerome Swan
This popular 1960s comic play tells the story of Billy Fisher, a young man living with his parents in the fictional town of Stradhoughton in Yorkshire. Bored by his job and life, he spends his time indulging in fantasies and dreams of life in the big city as a comedy writer. His imaginary life lands him in scrapes with his family and employers, with hilarious consequences.
Directed by Jessica Colson
Mon 6th - Sat 11th July, 7.30 pm
Gaslight is a psychological thriller set in Victorian times. Bella Manningham, once a beauty but now pallid and withdrawn, suffers from what she believes are the early stages of insanity, which had also affected her late mother. Her husband, Jack, struggles to help her, and spends his evenings out on the town in order to cope. But is he helping her, or is he the reason for her instability? A mysterious police inspector helps Bella to find the answers.
Directed by Lyn Lockyer
Mon 9th - Sat 14th November, 7.30 pm