Lisa Dwan visits the ILS to discuss her intense engagement with Samuel Beckett’s work. She recently completed a marathon tour of a triple bill of late Samuel Beckett works. In Not I
she played a disembodied mouth delivering a stream of consciousness at speed, capturing the despair of an outcast caught in a speechless existence while floating above the stage in a near pitch-black void. In Footfalls
we saw her pacing back and forth like a metronome outside her dying mother’s room, trapped in a moment of time, tormented by some ‘shudder of her mind’. And in Rockaby
she was dressed in an evening gown, a prematurely aged woman sits in a chair that appears to rock of its own accord. Recounting moments from her past, she slowly withdraws from the world. The talk will be accompanied by a short screening.
Lisa Dwan has worked extensively in theatre, film and television both internationally and in her native Ireland. Film credits include Oliver Twist, John Boorman’s Tailor of Panama and Bhopal – A Prayer for Rain due for release this year. In 2012, she adapted, produced and performed the critically acclaimed one-woman play Beside the Sea at Southbank Centre and on tour and starred in Goran Bregovic’s new music drama, Margot, Diary Of An Unhappy Queen at the Barbican. She most recently performed in Ramin Gray’s production of Illusions by Ivan Viripaev at the Bush Theatre.