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February 15, 2011

Beckett Publisher brings Literary Legend to Life at Riverbank

Samuel BeckettRenowned publisher and co-founder of The Godot Company London, John Calder has published in the UK most of the works of Samuel Beckett. He founded his publishing house in 1949. By the late 1950s, Calder was publishing a group of new writers who were changing the face of twentieth century literature. One of these was Samuel Beckett; of whom Calder published all his novels, poetry, criticism, and some of his plays.  John was a personal friend of the literary legend Samuel Beckett for over 40 years and now he is bringing Beckett’s work to life onstage at Riverbank Arts Centre.

On Wednesday 23rd February, Three short plays by Samuel Beckett will be performed by The Godot Co. London at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

The performance takes the form of three short plays with cruelty, sex and self deception as common themes. Unusual stage images make these plays unique in their shock, vitality and originality and Beckett humour infects throughout.

Calder has published some of the best of contemporary British and international dramatists including Adamov, Arrabal, Howard Barker, Steven Berkoff, Edward Bond, Marguerite Duras, Ionesco, Georg Kaiser, David Mercer, Robert McLellan, Robert Pinget, Pirandello, Peter Weiss, Heathcote Williams and Snoo Wilson; as well as works by such writers as Henry Miller and William Burroughs. He is no stranger to controversy; having endured many lengthy legal actions for publishing works accused of libel or obscenity.

Making the journey to Newbridge on the night, this publishing giant, John Calder will oversee the Godot Company’s performance of Beckett’s plays in Riverbank Arts Centre.

The performance takes the form of three short plays...

  1. Rough for Theatre 1 (20mins): Two men, a Wheelchair Bound Cripple and a Blind Street Musician meet and discuss joining up together. Human nature intervenes
  2. Play ( 40mins): A man pressurised by his wife and mistress finds escape in memory, time and guilt,
  3. Not I (20mins):A woman tells her life story to a despairing auditor but is unable to face her real truth.

Beckett x3 gives literary lovers and fans of theatre to see Beckett’s work presented by a company which has a deep understanding of both the man and his work.

For bookings and further information call Riverbank Box Office 045 448327 or visit