Following on from our successful production of the West End smash “The 39 Steps”, MUSE Productions return to our new stage in the Oakwood Arms with one of the all-time classics of modern drama, Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”. Recently voted “the most significant English language play of the 20th century”, this stylised piece of theatre is classed as “Theatre of the absurd”, and sees the two main characters, Vladimir and Estragon waiting endlessly for the mysterious Mr Godot. While waiting, they encounter Pozzo and his slave, Lucky, who delivers one of the most difficult and lengthy “stream of consciousness” soliloquys in theatrical history. The final member of the cast is the “The Boy” who delivers the news that Godot may not be arriving that Evening, “But surely tomorrow”!
This is a unique opportunity to see this play performed here in Shannon. The rights for the play are very closely guarded by the Beckett Estate and it is with great pride that we bring it for the first time to the Amateur stage here in this region. While previous productions have been mostly comedies, (and indeed, there are many comedic moments in this piece also) this will be the first serious full scale production by MUSE since our inaugural production of “Romeo and Juliet”. The cast for this production range from the most experienced to the least, with veteran actor Noel Murphy taking role of Vladimir, a part he first played at the tender age of 23, in the Everyman Theatre in Cork, through to young Albert Wojcik who is introduced to Shannon audiences in his role as “The Boy”. Noel is ably matched by his namesake Noel McNamara in the role of Estragon, and the duo of Pozzo and Lucky will be played by Eoin Sheedy and Tony Little respectively. The director is once again Ted Germaine, with Frank Boland serving as Stage Manager. Running for three nights only, from Tuesday May 21st to Thursday May 23rd, this is an experience not to missed for any fan of theatre in Shannon or the surrounding areas.