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Program

28 Jul 2015 - 15 Aug 2015

Samuel Beckett and Václav Havel double bill at The Drayton Arms Theatre

Blue Rider Group presents a Samuel Beckett and Václav Havel double bill at The Drayton Arms Theatre, July 28 - August 15, 2015. Private View was first performed by Blue Rider Group as part of the RADA Festival, 2014. Catastrophe, was written in 1982, and dedicated to Václav Havel, then a political prisoner in Czechoslovakia, serving a four and a half year sentence for ‘subversive activities’. This is the first time these plays have been presented as a double bill.

Five performances weekly (Tuesday – Saturday) from July 28 - August 15, 2015. 8pm
Press Night: Thursday July 30, 2015 – 8pm
Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 0LJ

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Catastrophe by Samuel Beckett

CATASTROPHE sees a theatre director and his assistant arranging a protagonist, who stands on a square plinth, bare-footed, his head bowed - submitting to their direction. This Havel-like captive, silently wills the audience into an awareness of his predicament...

Private View by Václav Havel
Invited over for drinks by his friends, Ferdinand tries to enthuse over Michael and Vera's newly refurbished flat. But as the couple express the perfection of their marriage and lifestyle, the tone develops into a personal attack on him, his home, his wife and his work as a writer. As the abuse builds to a climax, he tries to leave...

Both plays are dark, tense and in parts cruelly funny.


Beckett and Havel – a very special friendship
Godot is here!

Catastrophe, was written in 1982, and dedicated to Václav Havel, then a political prisoner in Czechoslovakia, serving a four and a half year sentence for ‘subversive activities’.  This is the first time these plays have been presented as a double bill.

Although Beckett had never met Havel, he was deeply concerned by the persecution of writers and artists in Eastern Europe and was horrified to hear that Havel had been forbidden to write in prison.

Beckett's most famous play, Waiting for Godot, came to symbolise the agony of the Czech opposition – waiting for something that seemed as if it was never going to come. When the communist government fell in 1989, just before Beckett´s death, protesters took to the streets of Prague with posters saying:  "Godot is here".  Beckett lived just long enough to learn that his friend´s persistence and defiance had brought him to lead a nation, but just missed Havel’s election as president.


Blue Rider Group
Blue Rider Group was formed by Lisa Moore and Mark Webb to present Stoppard Shorts at The King's Head Theatre - "The Dissolution of Dominic Boot" and "If You're Glad I'll Be Frank" directed by T.P Kael. Private View was first performed by Blue Rider Group as part of the RADA Festival, 2014.  For our Beckett and Havel Double Bill we are delighted to be working alongside Clare Bloomer and Gary Tushaw.
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Venue:

Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 0LJ

Date

From: 28 Jul 2015
To: 15 Aug 2015

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