Gare St Lazare Ireland

How It Is

By Samuel Beckett

Internationally renowned Beckett specialists, Gare St Lazare Ireland make a welcome return to the festival with the world premiere of all three parts of Beckett’s towering novel, How It Is reimagined for film.

How It Is charts a journey undertaken by turns alone and accompanied. Time and space are fragmented and juxtaposed in one of the most eloquent and exquisite texts in the Beckett canon, continuing the company’s critically acclaimed exploration and illumination of Beckett’s prose texts, How It Is seeks out new ways for audiences to experience Beckett’s prose by jumping genres—the novel to the stage and now the stage to screen. This durational piece of six hours is a first-time opportunity for an audience to experience the work in one sitting.

Filmed at The Everyman Cork.

Licensed by Curtis Brown with the kind permission of The Estate of Samuel Beckett.

For ages 16+
All times listed are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Presented in association with The Everyman, Cork, The Coronet Theatre, London, Dublin Theatre Festival, the Abbey Theatre, Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny and Le Centre Culturel Irlandais. Funded by the Arts Council and Culture Ireland.

How It Is Digital Programme

Writer: Samuel Beckett

Director and Designer: Judy Hegarty Lovett

Actor: Conor Lovett

Actor: Stephen Dillane

Music Composition and Sound Design: Mel Mercier with Irish Gamelan Orchestra and MÓNCKK.

Music Performed by Mel Mercier, Irish Gamelan Orchestra, MÓNCKK, Nick Roth, Claudia Schwab and Mark Padmore.

Lighting Designer: Simon Bennison

Tenor: Mark Padmore

MÓNCKK: Mel Mercier

Óscar Mascarenas

Nick Roth

Claudia Schwab

Kelly Boyle

Kevin McNally

Irish Gamelan Orchestra:

Claudia Schwab

Conor Soltan

Eimear Hurley

Eimear O’Donovan

Fidelma Hanrahan

James McGlynn

JJ Riordan

Kelly Boyle

Kevin McNally

Laila Jedir

Leah Hearne

Mel Mercier

Anna Dore

Muireann Levis

Nick Roth

Sinead Hanrahan

Shadow Cast:

Millie Ahern

Shane Corcoran

Imogen Deasy

Pearse Donoghue

Niall Holland

Sean Keating

Una O’Brien.

Original Design on How It Is (Part 1): Judy Hegarty Lovett and Kris Stone

Original Lighting Design on How It Is (Part 1): Kris Stone

Original Lighting Design on How It Is (Part 2): Micheal Hurley

Special Effect Propmaker: Sonia Haccius

Assistant Special Effect Propmaker: Janneke Sparrius

Stage Manager: Sadhbh Barrett Coakley

Assistant Stage Manager: Aoife Byrne

Director of Photography: Louis Hegarty Lovett

Filming: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Mixed by: Crispin Woodhead

Crane Camera: Zen Grisdale

Camera 1: Sophie Adams

Camera 2: Edward Shaw

Camera 3: John Dunlea

Camera 4: Kelly Jehanno

Make Up: Lux Hegarty Lovett

Consultant Sound Engineer: Paul Ashe Browne

Sound Engineer: Tyler Kieffer

Chief LX: Hanan Sheedy

Film Consultant: Grant Gee

Line Producer: Hugh Farrell

Producer: Judy Hegarty Lovett

Producer: Conor Lovett

Producer: Maura O’Keeffe

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‘A flawless conjunction of acting and staging’ The Irish Times
‘Like the novel, this is a piece, that defies interpretation’ The Irish Examiner
‘an acutely intense, nigh-on spiritual night at the theatre. Utterly mesmerising’ Time Out, London



Streamed Performances
1 Oct, 5pm
2-3 Oct, 3.30pm

On Demand Dates
4–7 Oct


from €25


6 hrs.