5 reasons to see Watt
03 March 2020
Samuel Beckett might well be one of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s most celebrated cultural sons, and we’re very excited to be hosting Barry McGovern’s adaptation of his second novel, Watt, this week, from Wed 4 - Sat 7 Mar. Here are a few great reasons to pick up tickets if you haven’t already.
Watt is by Samuel Beckett
Born in Foxrock in 1906, Samuel Beckett wrote many plays, novels, short stories and poems in his sixty-year literary career – including the universally recognised and oft-performed Waiting for Godot. Published in 1953, Watt is Beckett’s second English-language novel which details a loyal manservant’s journey to, and experiences within, his master’s house.
Watt is adapted and performed by Barry McGovern
Barry McGovern is considered one of the world’s greatest living Beckett interpreters, with hundreds of performances of his works over the course of fifty years. It’s a reputation he established with a one-man show entitled I’ll Go On, as well as a star turn as Vladimir in Waiting for Godot. In both his acting and his careful adaptation, McGovern keeps Beckett’s spirit alive and well.
Watt is directed by Tom Creed
Familiar to Pavilion Theatre audiences as the director of Irish National Opera’s productions of Griselda and The Tales of Hoffmann, Tom Creed’s directorial talents extend far beyond opera. He has variously had critical roles with Cork Midsummer Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival and Rough Magic Theatre Company as well directing a swathe of plays on Ireland’s most prestigious stages. As director of Watt, Tom has brought the production across the world to the UK, the US, Australia and, of course, Pavilion Theatre.
Watt sold out in 2019
Whether you were at last year’s sold-out run or you’re thinking of experiencing Watt for the first time, now is the time to book. There wasn’t a seat to be had last April when this very same production made a huge splash on our stage and tickets are flying out fast for this strictly limited four-night engagement.
Watt is critically acclaimed
The critics simply can’t get enough of Watt. Time Out has called it “a gem of a show” - “explosively funny”, according to The Guardian. The Scotsman described McGovern’s performance as “flawless” while The Reviews Hub thought it “virtuosic”. No More Workhorse simply states that “it was a privilege to be in the audience”. No matter who you ask, Watt is universally praised as “marvellous theatre” (Sunday Independent) so there’s every reason to book a ticket.
We hope you'll join us for what will surely be one of the theatre highlights of the year.