Saturday, 12 April 2014

Samuel Beckett - "Your Face" King

"Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

Samuel Beckett was an Irish playwright (1906-1989). He is known for his absurdist masterpieces such as "Waiting for Godot", "Endgame", "Krapp's Last Tape", "Rockaby", and so many more. 

If you have not read Beckett, your life is incomplete.

He speaks to the human soul in a way few playwrights can and have, and addresses our hopelessness in the most hopeful manner. Many feel Beckett's material emphasizes our existential despair in life - I say he celebrates it as what keeps us going, the flickering but ever present hope. 

He was controversial in interviews, saying things such as had he meant to imply God in "Godot", he simply would have named him that. That's a "your face" if I've ever heard one! To me he was an enigma wrapped in a mystery, but the feelings his works provoke in me speak volumes - I am not alone. We are not alone. Thank you, Samuel Beckett, for all you have contributed to the world of theatre, and the world at large.