A weekend festival of the works of Samuel Beckett, exploring the politics of closed space as a reading of our times.
The University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies and University of Notre Dame in association with Unreal Cities is pleased to present Beckett: Confined, a three-day festival of Samuel Beckett’s plays, associated musical performances and lectures.
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated playwrights and authors, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. His works examine what it means to be human, in all its absurd, existentialist and sometimes bleak comedy.
The programme presents an exciting blend of Beckett’s work, including multiple performances of some of his most rarely performed plays – Ohio Impromptu, Catastrophe, Krapp’s Last Tape and Quad, alongside a musical series featuring Words and Music, his radio play collaboration with Morton Feldman, and a Ghost Trio concert with Fidelio Trio performing Beethoven and Schubert, two of his favourite composers.
Central to the programme is a keynote by James Little introduced by Frank Shovlin, and a roundtable “Samuel Beckett’s Politics of Confinement” with William Davies, Emilie Morin and Hannah Simpson.
Beckett Confined will present his works in some of Liverpool’s most interesting and non-traditional performance spaces, bringing them alive in new and unconventional ways.
Tickets will be available from Monday 4 April, so please remember to check back at www.liverpool.ac.uk/beckett