Pan Pan's Cascando, by Samuel Beckett

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Theatre Spoken Word Outdoor


29/07/2023 19:00 - 19:45
30/07/2023 17:00 - 17:45
30/07/2023 19:00 - 20:00


Assemble at Skibbereen Town Hall

An experience of Beckett’s play through headphones in promenade.

First broadcast in 1963, Cascando begins with the curious character Opener (Daniel Reardon) setting the scene: the month of May, a time of “reawakening”. The Opener commands two other presences: the winding Voice (Andrew Bennett) caught between arrest (” – stories … if you could finish it …”) and progress (“- nearly … just a few more … a few more”), and Music (designed by Jimmy Eadie), whole and forceful.

Director Gavin Quinn, dramaturg Nicholas Johnson and designer Aedín Cosgrove recognise this as a journey. The audience are sent walking in an outdoor landscape, wearing cloaks and listening to the play on headphones. The unhurried pace of Bennett’s deep and riveting voice provides a rhythm for our steps, as we listen to Voice’s struggle to tell a story.

The absent figure named Woburn is identified by his “same old coat” and vague memories of a cave or shelter. As the same-dressed audience pass each other in the dark surroundings, it appears that images of the text have been slyly extracted. Has the audience been unknowingly cast as the play’s mystifying wanderer?

Along this journey, the tremendous pulse of Eadie’s music threatens to overwhelm. It rises in a wave of crashing strings, eventually settling to ring, pining, with Voice’s efforts. If you suspected that Woburn’s journey resembled a pilgrimage, Reardon’s sullen Opener somewhat confirms it, suggesting God and a parable: “two outings and a return, to the village, to the inn”.

Director – Gavin Quinn

Designer – Aedín Cosgrove

Sound Design and Music – Jimmy Eadie

Dramaturg – Nicholas Johnson

Opener – Daniel Reardon (Voice Recording)

Voice – Andrew Bennett (Voice Recording)