Barry McGovern in Watt by Samuel Beckett

Watt
25 Mar 2019 to 29 Mar 2020
March 25 - 29
Irish actor and legendary Samuel Beckett expert Barry McGovern performs his exceptional stage adaptation of the novel for the first time in New Zealand.
Event type: 
Live event, Show, Theatre
Price: 
$45 - $69
Venue: 
ASB Waterfront Theatre
Address: 
138 Halsey St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
Region: 
Auckland

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Irish actor and legendary Samuel Beckett expert Barry McGovern performs his exceptional stage adaptation of the novel for the first time in New Zealand. Capturing the writer’s dark worldview, scintillating humour and delicious wordplay, Watt will have you in raptures contemplating the absurdity of life.

Arriving in the countryside, Watt begins a slow, existential trek to the home of Mr Knott. But how will this itinerant manservant cope when he reaches the residence of his unseen employer, with a confounding list of duties and a collection of extraordinary characters?

The great Barry McGovern has received acclaim around the globe for his one-man performance since 2010, and it remains among the finest, funniest and most popular Beckett interpretations ever. Capturing the essence of the writer’s dark worldview while amplifying his scintillating humour and wordplay, Watt will have you in raptures contemplating the absurdity of life – and discovering there’s so much more to Beckett on stage than Waiting for Godot.

March 25 - 29
ASB Waterfront Theatre

★★★★ “A gem of a show… one of the greatest Beckett interpreters in the world.” — Time Out
★★★★ “Anyone who cares about acting should seize the chance to see McGovern perform.” — The Age
“It’s marvellous theatre and, strangely for Beckett, you leave with warmth in your soul.” — Sunday Independent
“Watt is a dramatic masterpiece. Acting does not get better than this, theatre does not get better than this.” — The Saturday Paper
“So enthralling you don’t want it to end.” — Sydney Morning Herald
“Singular, stealthy and distinguished.” — The Guardian

Adapted by Barry McGovern
Directed by Tom Creed
Set and Lighting Design by Sinéad Mckenna
Costume Design by Joan O’Clery

Image: Pia Johnson

Written by

Auckland Arts Festival

11 Nov 2019

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