Gay News Network
March 29, 2015
ugo Weaving and Sydney Theatre Company Artistic Director Andrew Upton continue their thrilling Samuel Beckett collaboration with Endgame, opening this week.
With their acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company production of Waiting for Godot in 2013, Hugo Weaving and Artistic Director Andrew Upton began a conversation with the work of Samuel Beckett. With Endgame, they pick up where they left off.
The two plays are, in many respects, companion pieces – Endgame, completed in 1956, acts as a subterranean coda to Godot. Both were informed by the wholesale destruction of the Second World War and the sense of impending yet intangible doom promised by the nuclear age.
If Godot redefined the possibilities of theatre, Endgame cemented Beckett’s place as the foremost playwright of his era.
Weaving’s return to Sydney Theatre Company in Beckett’s modern masterpiece is highly anticipated.
The play is centred on Hamm, a blind tyrant who is unable to stand. Clov is his son, unable to sit. Hamm’s parents, Nell and Nagg, are living in bins. Sheltering in an underground room, Hamm orders Clov about. Clov looks out the window for signs of life, but all seems lost and there is no one there. Inside, the characters pass the time, brutally toying with each other in the way only family can. These four people, perhaps the last, are playing out the game of life to its inevitable end.
What has happened outside? Will Clov leave Hamm to die?
In the mix of dark comedic repartee and distilled insight, Beckett’s singular voice rings clear – absurdity in the face of meaninglessness, sorrow in the face of futility, humour in the face of mortality. Beckett’s singular masterwork takes the end of the world so seriously it makes us laugh.
“Like the funny story we have heard too often, we still find it funny, but we don’t laugh anymore.”
Directed by Upton, joining Weaving (who is also associate director) on stage is a stellar supporting cast including the wonderful Sarah Peirse, who knocked our socks off last year as Patricia Highsmith in Switzerland, Tom Budge and Bruce Spence. Set and lighting is by Nick Schlieper, and Renee Mulder is on costumes. Max Lyandvert is the composer and sound designer.
March 31 – May 9, Sydney Theatre, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Bookings:www.sydneytheatre.com.au[Image] Hugo Weaving stars in Endgame at STC