Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Ryder set for Beckett festival

Winona Ryder is taking part in the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

Double Oscar nominee Winona Ryder is heading to Northern Ireland to take part in a festival dedicated to novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett.

The actress, whose breakthrough role was in 1988 comedy hit Beetlejuice and who played the mentally ill writer Susanna Kaysen in the 2001 film Girl, Interrupted, will be one of the guest stars at the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.

She will be joined by names including Clive James, Miranda Richardson and Juliet Stevenson who will take part in readings and talks about the writer who is best known for his avant-garde play Waiting For Godot.

Winona, who famously dated Johnny Depp, was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar in 1993 for her role in The Age Of Innocence and then for a best actress award for Little Women a year later.

She will read two of Beckett's short prose works and some poetry at the annual festival next month.

Its founder Sean Doran said this year would be "every bit as ambitious as the last, permeating the fabric of Enniskillen and its environs in a celebration of Beckett that goes far beyond the usual treatment of his work".

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