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Last Tape

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The same day that my parents are trying to copy some audio tapes over to a CD (a process which seems hideously complicated when you look at the Mac you have at home) I ironically went to the theatre to see Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. A short but very intense piece with a single actor playing an author who, on a birthday in his old age, listens to tapes he recorded his diary on when he was younger. He follows some of his old sentiments and is devastated by others. He eats bananas. He doubts his choices and realises the lost opportunities. It’s a somewhat depressing story and an intense short piece.

The setup was excellent. A small cellar room with space for an audience of about 30. This brings you close to the actor who comes on stage and faces you with a few minutes of silence while he’s fiddling around on his desk to begin with. It’s spooky as you become aware of the environment and hear every single noise. Once you ‘arrived’ in that way, the piece became more active with the tape being played and the protagonist himself speaking more and more.

August 12, 2009, 23:47

Tagged as samuel beckett, theatre, thop.

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