Beckett Trilogy – Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby

Canadian  Stage brought Lisa Dwan as producer and performer of the three very short Beckett plays. Total running time was about an hour, for all three.

It is hard to know what to say about the plays and the performance. They continue to wander through my mind and I continue to wonder what they are really all about and who they are about. My best guess is a series of meditations on death and dying, but it could be lots of other things. Dwan’s performance was gripping. The audience was mesmerized by her voice alone in the first play and by her voice and actions in the other two. Still not sure if she was talking to herself or to someone else.

In summary though, it was a fascinating performance and a good evening at the theatre.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Beckett Trilogy – Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Eh, yes.
    I’d like to be snotty about these plays, but they stick with you. They are like some songs – the words do not always make sense but you cannot get them out of your head.
    I think the woman in “Not I” has experienced something terrible and has distanced herself from the horror by only dealing with it in the third person: she, not I.
    The nine-pace rhythm of “Footfalls” was quite hypnotic and I heard a woman carrying on a conversation in her head with her dead mother.
    “Rockaby” is equally hypnotic and the repeated requests for “More” reminds you of telling stories to a child to get them to go to sleep. In this case, the final sleep looks like death.

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