Lessness

TheEmergencyRoom and Galway International Arts Festival in association with Cusack Projects Ltd.

By Samuel Beckett & Starring Olwen Fouéré

Staged in collaboration with Kellie Hughes and Sarah Jane Shiels

We enter a vast desert landscape and glimpse the contours of a small body, standing fixed, amid ruin or refuge…. Olwen Fouéré, a beguiling physical presence with a phenomenal vocal technique, performs Beckett’s evocative short prose, one of the 20th century’s most enigmatic texts, both unpredictable and surprisingly funny.

Fouéré is one of Ireland’s leading theatre artists. Following the success of Galway International Arts Festival’s co-production ‘riverrun’ with TheEmergencyRoom in association with Cusack Projects Ltd., the team reunite on a new co-production of Samuel Beckett’s Lessness. Lessness was published in 1969, the same year Beckett won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Lessness premiered in London as part of the month-long Barbican’s Beckett International Season in June 2015, alongside the Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘Waiting For Godot’, starring Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving; and 'Krapp's Last Tape', with American visionary theatre artist Robert Wilson. Lessness opened at Galway International Arts Festival in 2015, in An Taidhbhearc theatre.

Fouéré’s performance in Lessness has received international acclaim: “Fouéré both skewers us with her gaze and seems to be looking into her own soul” (The Guardian), “Fouéré gives every word of Beckett’s 60 sentences considered weight” (Financial Times), “intent and solemn throughout” (Irish Times).

After its run at Galway International Arts Festival, Lessness went on to perform at the Mermaid Arts Centre and Project Arts Centre in Dublin.

Photos: Conor Horgan

‘An intense hit of Beckett. Fouéré both skewers us with her gaze and seems to be looking into her own soul’

The Guardian

‘Fouéré gives every word of Beckett’s 60 sentences considered weight; she turns a venue…into a space for meditation.’

★★★★’

Financial times