Endgame

Nothing makes more sense than to have Samuel Beckett’s brilliant play about senselessness, performed by two ludicrously long-awaited clowns joining forces- Andrew Buckland and Rob van Vuuren-under the direction of Sylvaine Strike in all her madness and magic. Furthermore, none other than two theatre icons -Antoinette Kellerman and Soli Philander play in the supporting roles, and together, this company is offering you a journey into the dark heart of the post apocalyptic circus that is ENDGAME.

If it is for no other reason than to spend time in the company of greats performing one of the most extraordinary plays ever written… Do Not Miss this rare and timeous production of Samuel Beckett’s ENDGAME at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 8 to 25 August.

Endgame explores with precisely crafted eloquence the relationship of oppressor-subject; boss clown and underdog and in some contexts father and son; parent and child. All of these are either delicately or robustly disembowelled with the rhythmical precision evocative of a Magnus Opus. The laughter triggered when watching Endgame allows its audience to come to terms with the horror and ecstasy of existence all at once.

In this apparently simple symbiosis, lies the intricate complexity of a toxic co-dependency in all its familiar dark hilarity and pain, for at the core of Endgame is the desperately funny, heart breaking interplay between two classic master/servant clowns of world theatre.

Beckett highlights one theme in particular, that of “finishing” which is presented right in the opening moments, with Clov saying, “Finished, it’s finished, nearly finished, it must be finished.” This same theme is later echoed by Hamm. However, what soon becomes clear is that the act of actually finishing, represents the longed-for and dreaded end.

Simply by existing in 2018, we face the possibilities of apocalyptic devastation and simple redemption. There could not be a more appropriate time to delve into the glory and misery of our human existence so concisely captured by Beckett during the horror that echoed through humanity during and after World War 2.

Directed by Sylvaine Strike, Samuel Beckett’s favourite of his plays stars a stellar crew of comic craftsmen and women; from legend Andrew Buckland as Hamm and the inimitable Rob Van Vuuren as Clov; to the theatre veterans Soli Philander and Antoinette Kellerman as Nagg and Nell. Set and Lighting design by Patrick Curtis and Costumes by Birrie LeRoux.

Age Restriction: No under 12’s. Strictly no latecomers.

8 Aug - 25 Aug

Starts: 7:30 pm

Drama / Golden Arrow Studio

If it is for no other reason than to spend time in the company of greats performing one of the most extraordinary plays ever written… Do Not Miss this rare and timeous production of Samuel Beckett’s ENDGAME at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 8 to 25 August.

Prices

Mon - Wed R160
Thurs - Sat R180
Block Bookings 10+ R120
Early Bird 7 - 11 Aug (book by 31 Jul) R120