Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Winona Ryder has a double date at Beckett fest

Teller: Winona Ryder

FANS of Hollywood actress Winona Ryder are to be given two chances of hearing her read works of Samuel Beckett in Enniskillen later this month.

The 41-year-old star of Beetlejuice, Mermaids and Little Women is among the high profile 'tellers' lined up to take part in the Happy Days International Beckett Festival, which runs from August 22 to 26. Locations for the readings include the kitchen and a bedroom in Castle Coole, a room in the PSNI building, a classroom at Beckett's old school, Portora Royal School, the crypt at St Michael's church and the sets of two festival productions.

Daily boats will cross Lough Erne each morning to isolated islands where there will be readings by Miranda Richardson, John Hegley, Adrian Dunbar and Anna Nygh, and Ronnie Golden.

Entitled Purgatorio, as part of the festival's Dante's Divine Comedy theme, the sailings will be accompanied by a breakfast of black tea and dry toast, except for the Sunday trip to Paris Island when audiences will be served coffee and croissants.

On Friday, August 23, Ryder will read Assumption, Texts For Nothing and a poem by Beckett on the set of one of his short plays at Steele Hall, Portora Royal School in Enniskillen. The following evening she will be reading the same text at the Ardhowen Theatre.

Tickets for all the readings are now on sale from www.happy-days-enniskillen.com or call 028 6632 5000.

Other 'tellers' include Juliet Stevenson, Harriet Walter, Neil Pearson, Diana Quick, Ian McElhinney and Frank Skinner.

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