Belfast Telegraph

Absurdly funny ending

Samuel Beckett talked of his characters as though they existed independently, with thoughts we can only interpret subjectively.

This gives actors leeway to personalise their interpretations.

The UK and Irish premiere of Endgame by award-winning Australian group Wits' End achieved just that.

"Nothing is funnier than unhappiness," affirms Nell – played by Evelyn Krape – from her rubbish bin, shortly before expiring while her husband Nagg (Tom Considine) chews a dog biscuit.

Wit's End's interpretation of this theatre of the absurd is genuinely funny.

Impotence, monotonous repetition and infirmity rule Beckett's characters: "You're on earth. There's no cure for that," states Hamm. Indeed, but they surely raise a grim, defiant smile.

IAN PATTERSON

Belfast Telegraph

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