Nadia Rasheed

Here Again: Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

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Famed Nobel Prize winning Irish playwright and poet Samuel Beckett is celebrated from 22 – 26 August 2013 in a multi-arts festival in Enniskillen featuring music, theatre, dance, comedy and more. This year’s festival seeks to ‘educate, provoke, amuse, astound, inspire, entertain and defy all expectations.’

Visitors from as far as Japan and Australia attended the festival on its debut last year and Sean Doran – festival director – hopes to enthrall his audiences once again. A number of Irish dances inspired by Beckett’s work will premier and a series of Beckett’s short stories will be read by well-known actresses in unusual parts of Enniskillen. This year’s festival has been inspired by Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ and his influence is made obvious with performances of Dante’s work taking place in the depths of the Marble Arch Caves. The complete festival brochure can be downloaded here and the diversified range of culture on display ensures there is something for everyone to enjoy: from the Beckett enthusiasts to those unfamiliar with his work. Be sure to check out Neil Jordan’s film installation based on Beckett’s 1972 play ‘Not I’, also featuring acclaimed actress Julianne Moore.

Not I (1973 performance)

This year the Fermanagh Trust with support of the Joan Trimble Awards is hoping to give away 20 bursaries of £50 to young people planning to purchase tickets to 1 or more of the festival’s events. Find out how to apply here.

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival runs from 22 – 26 August 2013. Book online or call the Box Office on 00 44 28 6632 5000 (10am – 5pm). Visit their facebook and twiiter for more info, and let us know what you think.

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