Samuel Beckett's famous novel nobody heard of

Conor Lovett and partner Judy Hegarty will bring two Beckett shows to Irish audiences

Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett, artistic directors of Gare St Lazare Ireand theatre company. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett, artistic directors of Gare St Lazare Ireand theatre company. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Conor Lovett perches at the edge of the Everyman Theatre stage, his fragile silhouette appearing, then disappearing as beams of light, clouds of mist and strange, dislocated snatches of sound pool and pulse around him.   It’s a rehearsal for Gare St Lazare’s world premiere of Samuel Beckett’s novel How It Is, and Lovett looks every inch the archetypal Beckett hero – a lonely figure struggling against the obliterating dark.

 But the solitude is illusory.  Working away in the shadows, ducking and diving under an array of cables and computer screens,  are lighting engineer Kris Stone and sound designer Mel Mercier.  Observing and overseeing the entire operation is visual designer Judy Hegarty. The English actor Stephen Dillane, familiar to viewers of the Sky Atlantic TV crime drama The Tunnel, and appearing on the big screen this month in the Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour, is away filming something very glamorous but will also be joining Lovett on stage in Cork.  

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