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Fermanagh Samuel Beckett festival to leave audiences in the dark

By Robert Dex

Published 16/04/2015

The festival honours Samuel Beckett
The festival honours Samuel Beckett
Nobel Prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett

A play performed entirely in the dark will be one of the highlights of an annual arts festival dedicated to Irish writer Samuel Beckett.

The line-up of the festival in County Fermanagh includes Drop The Dead Donkey star Neil Pearson and theatre director Sophie Hunter - who is married to Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch.

Hunter, an actress and award-winning director, is putting on a production of Phaedra which was written by composer Benjamin Britten shortly before his death.

The festival's artistic director Sean Doran said the performance would take place in the grounds of a ruined castle.

Theatre director Max Stafford-Clark said his version of Beckett's work All That Fall would be shrouded in darkness.

He said: "The vision is that there is absolutely no vision at all, the whole play takes place in the dark."

The event, formally known as the Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, takes place between July 23 and August 3.

Mr Doran said organisers were also looking at the possibility of developing a literature centre in the town located at its Clinton Centre, which was built on the site of the Remembrance Day bombing and was named after President Bill Clinton who officially opened it in 2002.

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