'The unparalleled Beckett champions of Gare St Lazare' The New York Times
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+
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.
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
Irish Gamelan Orchestra:
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
1 Oct, 5pm
2-3 Oct, 3.30pm
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