Pan Pan Newsletter April 2015
Seated in rocking chairs, audiences are immersed into an atmospheric chamber of multiple speakers and ambient lights, experiencing Samuel Beckett’s first radio play as he intended. Unsightly, ungainly and unwell, Maddy Rooney trudges laboriously from her home to Boghill Station, conversing with a richly conjured cast of characters along the way. She’s meeting her blind husband Dan off the train, but there’s been a delay. Sit back and listen to an intricate composition of voices. Weaving words and sounds to musical effect, recorded text comes out of the dark to reveal a bleakly comic account of one couple’s unending misery.
Committed to developing new forms of theatrical expression, Pan Pan Theatre presents All That Fall as a communal storytelling event. Featuring outstanding vocal performances, the show is a winner of two Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Sound and Best Lighting Design.
“Gavin Quinn’s radical production goes further in honoring the spirit of Beckett’s wish, situating the play in the realm of pure imagination.”
Jason Zinoman, The New York Times
“Beckett wanted the play “to come out of the dark”, and Gavin Quinn’s intriguing installation-style production for Pan Pan Theatre delivers just that. As if to remind of the proximity of death, the audience is seated on cushions embroidered with skulls in individual rocking chairs. Glowing lightbulbs hang above us like pitiless stars. There are no live actors, only voices (and sound and lighting effects), but it always feels bleatingly alive.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Photographer: Ros Kavanagh
Last year we opened up our rehearsals for Americanitis presents The Seagull and Other Birds and audiences got the chance to see how the play was created. From notes, to ballet, to script rehearsal, it’s a chance to experience the process from the inside. This year we are excited to open up our rehearsal room again. Join us in this part of Marya’s journey over the next 3 weeks at the Dance Studio in the Samuel Beckett Centre in Trinity College Dublin. There is no cost, all you need is the time and the curiosity. Every day from 2:30pm to 5pm… Just drop in!
Director: Gavin Quinn
Designer: Aedín Cosgrove
Assistant Director: Maeve Stone
Costume: Grace O’Hara
Directing Interns: Grainne Hallahan & Daphne Oikonomopoulou
Stage Manager: Aaron Kennedy
Cast: Una McKevitt, Des Nealon, Annabell Rickerby, Dick Walsh
We are delighted to be part of PQ2015. The cats and birdie from Americanitis presents The Seagull & Other Birds are traveling to Prague to be part of OBJECTS, an exhibition telling the stories of props curated by Tomáš Svoboda:
“Stories and the objects that appear in them possess varying degrees of immortality depending on the breadth of their audience. A strong personal story hidden within an object behind the closed doors of a private household has a different impact on society than the most banal story of an object that appears on stage during a theatre performance, that is closely associated with an important personality, that dazzles the crowds on a public square, or that lives posthumously as a reincarnation in a museum. The dignity that we assign to an object and the attention that we give it are directly related to the weight and impact of the story with which it is associated.”
OBJECTS is kindly supported by Culture Ireland
Also, as part of PQ2015, Aedín Cosgrove, co-artistic director of Pan Pan, will be teaching a workshop on lighting entitled “Listen to the light now”. Samuel Beckett. Embers“:
Light is only visible when it strikes. As it strikes, it animates, clarifies, illuminates and equally creates a shadow. The elemental energy of light remains an invisible pre-sense in a dynamic scenography creating silent tensions waiting to be released. With particular reference to the plays of Samuel Beckett, this workshop will also examine how light can cut straight to the heart of the matter, both in the written lighting of Beckett and through visual interpretations of his radio plays, “All that Fall” and “Embers”.
Photo by Noelia Ruiz
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Watch excerpts of:
A Doll House
The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane
The Crumb Trail
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