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  • WHEN /

    17 Feb- 11 Mar 

  • WHERE /

    Beckett Theatre

Season 2011

The End

// The most you can hope is to be a little less, in the end, the creature you were in the beginning, and the middle. – Beckett

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  • WHEN /

    17 Feb- 11 Mar 

  • WHERE /

    Beckett Theatre

In 2010, Belvoir presented the most sublime hour of the year on the Australian stage. Not surprisingly, it was the great Robert Menzies performing in monologue Samuel Beckett's novella, The End. It is now our great pleasure to share with you this bravura performance.

In The End, a lonely soul is ejected from the comfort of an asylum, so he spends his days wandering and waiting for some kind of conclusion to his existence. His life has failed, he's beyond loneliness and destitution, he ekes out the final small pleasures of living until there is nothing left but to drift away.

Beckett's particular magic is to reveal the unlikely beauty and humour of fullblown existential sadness. The End is a concentrated display of that magic. He rakes through the ashes of a totally ruined life in search of a spark of glory, and finds it.

Director Eamon Flack has realised with great delicacy this exquisite parable about the brilliant idea that there is no such thing as a redundant human being.

★★★★ 'This is the sparsest theatrical masterpiece you are ever likely to see.'

-TIME OUT

'Menzies squeezes every drop of juice from the prose. Every line is a surprise and he zooms in unerringly on Beckett's punchlines.'

-SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

By / Samuel Beckett
Director / Eamon Flack
Lighting Designer / Teegan Lee
Performed by  / Robert Menzies

A Belvoir production.
Key image photography / Jeff Busby