Sunday, 4 January 2015

All that Fall

The Cultch is currently hosting the Blackbird Theatre production of a radio play by Samuel Beckett. This has not been performed on stage for the last fifty years as the author insisted it was designed to be heard not seen. Only recently has the Beckett estate relented, and there have been staged performances in both London and NewYork.

Duncan Fraser provides an additional note in the program that starts "We are the screenage generation" But that seems to ignore the vast amount of sound material we still listen to. Just because the local CBC radio station no longer produces radio drama does not mean that people are no longer listening. A quick Google search shows all kinds of radio drama is available on the internet. People listen to audio books in their cars - and elsewhere - and there are now many more podcasts than there were radio stations. I suspect that once the copyright has lapsed on Beckett's radio plays they will start to appear on that medium too. I suppose that is why Samuel French is now licensing these performances, since in a few years time they will not be the same source of revenue.  I also know many people are annoyed that the classic iPod is no longer being made.

Performances continue at the Cultch until January 24th and I certainly think that we should support local live theatre. Seeing how radio plays were done back on the fifties is interesting in itself, and the actors are worth watching even if the demands of the microphone have to be met first. There is no curtain, nor interval. And though the running time is said to be 75 minutes it started late and we were already driving home by 9:15. There is also the opportunity for 'lively post-show talkbacks after some performances'
- though if we had gone to one of those there would be no blog post here, I suspect.

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