Considered by many critics to be Beckett’s greatest one-act play, Endgame is the pinnacle of his characteristic philosophical distillation of human behaviour. Hamm and Clov painstakingly endure the devastatingly repetitiousness of life in their post-apocalyptic bunker with nothing but each other, a room full of memories and a three-legged dog to pass the time. To survive, they need each other... or do they?
With no shortage of Beckett’s unique brand of absurd gloom, Endgame finds the light in misery. Something we are all looking for really!
Victor Emeljanow, one of Newcastle’s most loved and respected directors, teachers and scholars, passed away before this production of Endgame was realised. Emeljanow, who died just before rehearsals started in April of 2018, had handsome, leonine features and was Professor of Drama at the University of Newcastle. The son of an Estonian father and a Welsh mother who fled to New Zealand from war-torn Europe. Victor’s antecedents lay in the legendary Drama Department of the University of NSW – the first in Australia – which included luminaries such as Robert Jordan, Marlis Thiersch, Margaret Williams, John Golder, Phillip Parsons and the Ur-man of post-War Australian theatre, Robert Quentin.
Victor was one of a new breed of director’s coming through in Australian theatre, more raucous and political. In the 1970's, he directed a seminal production of the Victorian melodrama, Black-Eyed Susan, at the Bondi Pavilion.
In his honour, this production will mark the final production that was meant to be his career swansong – fittingly titled Endgame.
In honour of her late father, Alexandra Emeljanow picks up the mantle for the next epic chapter in the Emeljanow theatre-making biography, leading a cast of Newcastle’s finest, including Daniel Stoddart as Hamm and Ben Louttit as Clov. He is supported by the unforgettable Michael Smythe and Felicity Biggins as Nagg and Nell.
With Set Design by Tom Bannerman (Charley’s Aunt), Costume Design by award-winning Jennifer Ellicott (Little Mermaid JR, Shrek JR) and Make-Up Design by Kimberlee Wright (Addams Family, Shrek JR)
See one of six shows only from August 21 to 25 at the Civic Playhouse Newcastle. For more information and tickets, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au