Godot - Waterloo East Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
GODOT, Steve Gough’s new play written half a century on from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, runs at Waterloo East Theatre from October 30 to November 17, 2013.
Described as both funny and desperately sad, Godot celebrates Beckett but gives a uniquely different perspective on the action of the original drama.
Godot poses the question – what was Godot actually doing with himself for all that time? Like its namesake, the play features two characters inhabiting an unpopulated landscape, though in this instance it is a large, windowless office in (possibly) an office block in (possibly) an unnamed city.
One of the characters is self-evidently the Godot for whom Vladamir and Estragon wait. The other character is his clerk, Snook, a seemingly loyal and hard-working servant, but whose main purpose in life, as the audience will discover, seems to be to prevent his master from ever leaving this office room and making contact with his erstwhile companions.
One character common to both plays is the boy, sent as a messenger by Godot. Whipped in the Becket play, he is treated equally disdainfully by Snook, though his descriptions of Vladamir and Estragon cause deep suffering to the generous-hearted but hopelessly ineffectual Godot.
Like the great play on which it is based, little actually happens in terms of plot; dramatic delight is provided by the constantly imaginative interaction between the two main protagonists. Godot and Snook are two finely-drawn and beautifully orchestrated characters, and the play explores the same themes – loneliness, love and human gullibility.
It is also a play about the meaning of life. Godot and Snook are trapped in a room for all eternity; only by dreaming can they escape to a world whose wide open spaces alarm. At least their office is a safe space….
Godot is directed by Gill Taylor and performed by Nicolaus Mackie as Mr Godot and Charlie Syer as Mr Snook.
Times: Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Sunday matinees at 4pm.
For more information or to book, call the box office on 020 7928 0060 or visit www.waterlooeast.co.uk/godot.