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Max Stafford-Clark to direct play in the dark for 2015 Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

John Cage and Merce Cunningham's Roaratio performed in limestone caves at last year's festival. Photo: Cordula Treml
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Out of Joint founder Max Stafford-Clark will stage Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall in complete darkness as part of a the fourth annual Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.

Rosaleen Linehan will star in the play – originally scripted for radio – which will run for the entire duration of the festival from July 23 to August 3.

The festival is known for its site-specific work, with locations this year including four churches, a remote island, underground caves and Portora School – which Beckett attended as a child.

Although not all the announced productions currently have confirmed spaces, in previous years the festival has staged work in secret locations.

The festival’s artistic director Sean Doran explained that as Enniskillen only has one theatre, the notion of an ordinary venue-based festival is “turned on its head”.

He added: “It’s a destination arts festival, so it’s very much about creating work within about 20 to 30 different spaces in the countryside and island town of Enniskillen that underpin Beckett’s work.”

This year’s line-up will see the Berliner Ensemble revive its German language production of Waiting for Godot, which was directed by George Tabori before his death in 2007. It will run from July 31 to August 2.

Sophie Hunter will also direct a new production of Benjamin Britten’s Phaedra, as the Greek tragedy is known to have inspired Beckett when writing his monologues. The short cantata for mezzo-soprano and orchestra will star Ruby Philogene.

Elsewhere, festival associate Adrian Dunbar is to direct a production of Ohio Impromptu at a sixth century monastery on Devenish Island, which is a short boat ride away from Enniskillen. The play will be staged at sunset each day.

French choreographer Maguy Marin’s dance company will present May B, a piece inspired by Beckett’s writing, which will mark its first performance in the UK.

Jack MacGowran’s Beginning to End – which dramatises Beckett extracts – is to be restaged by Conall Morrison, with a cast fronted by Denis Conway. Morrison will also direct The Old Tune: the playwright’s translation of Robert Pinget’s La Manivelle.

The International Beckett Festival – founded in 2011 – is held every year in Enniskillen to celebrate the author’s writing and inspirations.

This year’s programme includes a focus on T S Eliot, with performances planned of his poems The Waste Land and The Four Quarters.

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