BECKETT KRAPP LAST TAPE PDF

Why, though, are we so happy to return to this particular play? Even to someone like myself, who is not a fully paid-up member of the Beckett club, the work never ceases to astonish. It is partly because of its perfect alliance of form and content. As we watch the year-old Krapp hunched over a tape recorder, listening to the voice of his year-old self, we encounter a work that counterpoints present pain and past happiness and that combines grief and lyricism.

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Why, though, are we so happy to return to this particular play? Even to someone like myself, who is not a fully paid-up member of the Beckett club, the work never ceases to astonish. It is partly because of its perfect alliance of form and content. As we watch the year-old Krapp hunched over a tape recorder, listening to the voice of his year-old self, we encounter a work that counterpoints present pain and past happiness and that combines grief and lyricism.

It is something we can all relate to. At the same time, it is an exercise in self-revelation. For Beckett, it is clearly a portrait of the artist as an old man who has fatally sacrificed love for a life of futile scribbling. McGovern, however, brings to the role his own special gifts. His Irish speech rhythms lend the passages of erotic reverie, where Krapp recalls lying in a punt with a lost love, the sensuality of a male Molly Bloom.

Instead he gives us a recognisable human being confronting the desolate waste of his existence. It is a magnificent performance and I found myself, Krapp-like, recalling past interpretations of the role. When Max Wall played Krapp at Greenwich theatre in , he had two obvious advantages: he was both a life-battered comic and was directed by Patrick Magee , whose voice inspired Beckett to write the play.

Much later, in , I saw John Hurt as Krapp and, with his seamed features and close-cut, iron-grey hair, he strongly resembled Beckett himself while investing the role with his own sense of wounded vulnerability. And then, in , unforgettably there was Harold Pinter. It appeals to our own sense of mortality, waste and failure while taking on the lineaments, as McGovern now richly proves, of the actor who is lucky enough to play it. Box office: Facebook Twitter Pinterest.

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Krapp's Last Tape

With a cast of one man, it was written for Northern Irish actor Patrick Magee and first titled "Magee monologue ". In a letter to a London bookseller Jake Schwartz on 15 March , Beckett wrote that he had "'four states, in typescript, with copious notes and dirty corrections, of a short stage monologue I have just written in English for Pat Magee. This was composed on the machine from a tangle of old notes, so I have not the MS to offer you. The available printed texts must not be taken as definitive. In a letter to Rosset's editorial assistant, Judith Schmidt, on 11 May , Beckett referred to the staging of Krapp's Last Tape as its 'creation'," and he made numerous significant changes to the text over the years as he was involved in directing the play.

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