Exactly a year after originally planned, actors Stephen Dillane, Conor Lovett, and award-winning Irish company Gare St Lazare return to The Coronet Theatre with the UK premiere of How It Is (Part Two), the second stand-alone part of a three part staging of Beckett’s novel, following the success of Part One in 2018.
As with all Gare St Lazare work, this production is directed and designed by Judy Hegarty Lovett, with sound designed by their long time collaborator, composer Mel Mercier, and played by Mercier and the 14 member Irish Gamelan Orchestra.
How It Is (Part Two) is both a continuation of (Part One), and a stand-alone piece in its own right. How It Is (Part One) saw an unnamed narrator in a landscape of mud and darkness with only a sack of tins and a tin opener, as he recounts a journey towards a fellow traveller, Pim, repeating his life as he heard it, uttered by another voice. In (Part Two), he is with Pim, and when a brief honeymoon period ends, violence seems the only way to make sense of their bizarre predicament.
For over 20 years, joint artistic directors Judy Hegarty Lovett and Conor Lovett have explored Samuel Beckett’s work, gaining an enviable reputation worldwide for their distinctive stagings of his prose and novels. Originally written in 1961 in French, How It Is (Comment c’est) was Beckett’s last full-length prose work.