Pratiksha Antaheen

An adaptation of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot"
Adaptation: Kabir Chowdhury
Design & Direction: Ashim Das

First Staged On: 12th November, 2021

About The Play

Waiting...

Waiting for Godot, is a play that prompts many questions, and answers none of them. As the title suggests it is a play about 'Waiting’: two men waiting for a third, who never appears.

Near a roadside tree, two tramps, Vladimir and Estragon wait endlessly for an unchanging situation to change, engage in physical inept actions, and partake in clownish conversations. They occasionally discuss about ending their wait by hanging themselves, or leaving the void but never takes any action. Likewise, Pozzo and Lucky might seem to be traveling somewhere or, towards something, but their travels are ultimately shown to be equally purposeless. The Boy appears with messages from Godot, which are equally purposeless. All the characters seem to be trapped in their meaningless and purposeless roles.

In 'Waiting for Godot ' Beckett addresses an essential question of existence in two acts that mirror each other: Why do Human exist?

Meaninglessness of life flows with timeless journey, and behind this veil... Night falls, all their hopes drowned in darkness... they agree to leave the void but… stand still. Play END.

About The Playwright

Born on April 1906, in Foxrock, in County Dublin, Ireland, Samuel Beckett is one of the key figures of ‘The Theatre of the Absurd’ and is considered as one of the last modernist writers. As a youth, Beckett severe bouts of depression that kept him bedridden; he reflected “I had little talent for happiness”, an observation that would later provide an undercurrent in much of his writings. After World War II, Beckett produced many of his best-known works, like his famous ‘trilogy’ of novels: Malloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable; successful full length play: Endgame, Krapp’s last tape, Happy Days, Play, Waiting for Godot and many more. ‘Waiting for Godot’ was originally written in French (En attendant Godot), later, translated into English by Beckett.  The original French version of the play was performed for the first time in Paris at the ‘Thèâtre de Babylone’ in 1953, directed by an inexperienced theatre director Beckett. The first performance in English was directed by Peter Hall at the ‘Arts Theatre in London’ in 1955. Since then ‘Waiting for Godot’ is became a history of Absurd theatre. Beckett was awarded the “1969 Nobel Prize in Literature” for his writing.

Director's Note

Creation..

Dreams seem to be trapped by time...

Endlessly repeating essentially the same day… the unvaried routine again and again, purposeless… meaningless… barren and lifeless.

We are hanged upside down, reluctantly, like the bare tree hanged in the settings of the Void. It's a commandment of life.

An obscure uncertainty is triggering the journey of human being, drowning in a muckheap day by day.

Death makes a noise like feathers.

'Nothing to be done..!!'

On Stage

Mubidur Rahman Sujat                 as Vladimir (Didi)
Kamal Barua                                   as Estragon (Gogo)
Dipta Chakrabarty                         as Pozzo
Farhad Hossain                              as Lucky
Puja Biswas                                     as Boy

Off Stage

Set, Light, Costume & Music Design:             Ashim Das
Music Operation:                                              Showmen Rudra
Photograph:                                                      Rokon Jabed / Mime Hasan
Set Making:                                                        Md. Malek
Make-up:                                                           Shahee Noor Sarwar
FOH:                                                                    Fameans
Production Coordinator:                                 Showmen Rudra, Hasibul Alam