Why should you read "Waiting for Godot"? - Iseult Gillespie
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Beckett himself had a fascinating life. He is considered one of the most influential playwrights who was instrumental in the rise of absurdist theatre and postmodernism.
Godot himself remains a maddening figure, and speculations continue as to what Beckett was trying to convey with this eerie figure—religious significance? Or a complete absence of meaning? Perhaps, as Beckett hinted, the title character’s name was plucked from a Tour de France athlete. The peripheral characters are just as elusive—from the duo Pozzo and Lucky to the mysterious Boy who might be Godot’s envoy. Check out this article, which discusses whether or not there is a “correct” pronunciation of the name “Godot.”
The mysterious premise of the play means that Waiting for Godot lends itself to multiple interpretations. To explore the different iterations of Waiting for Godot, visit this British Library page.
For insights into production history, click here. Extracts from theatre-makers who have taken on Godot can be found here.
For more testimony from directors and performers who have worked through Godot in varied ways—from all-female productions to prison productions to an outdoor performance in the wake of a natural disaster—click here.
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