Auckland Arts Festival presents Barry McGovern in
by Samuel Beckett
25 MAR - 29 MAR 2020 — Theatre
Auckland Arts Festival
1 hour with no interval
Irish actor and legendary Samuel Beckett expert Barry McGovern performs his exceptional stage adaptation of the novel Watt for the first time in New Zealand.
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 Irish actor 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.
★★★★ “A gem of a show… one of the greatest Beckett interpreters in the world.” — Time Out (Australia)
★★★★ “Anyone who cares about acting should seize the chance to see McGovern perform.” — The Age (Australia)
“It’s marvellous theatre and, strangely for Beckett, you leave with warmth in your soul.” — Sunday Independent (UK)
“Singular, stealthy and distinguished.” — The Guardian (UK)
Country of origin: Ireland
Image Credit: Pia Johnson
Supported by Culture Ireland
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A Q&A with Barry McGovern and Tom Creed follows the performance on Thursday 26 March