RTÉ Radio Programmes for Beckett100
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 2 April, 8.30am
Bowman: Beckett Archive Special
Beginning RTÉ Radio 1’s Beckett-100 broadcasts, John Bowman will delve into the RTÉ Radio archives and explore Samuel Beckett.
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 9 April, 9.10am
To mark the centenary of the birth of Samuel Beckett 2006 RTE Radio 1's programme of original radio essays and scripts Sunday Miscellany compiled and produced by Cliodhna Ni Anluain will feature a selection of contributions with Beckett associations. The programme opens with actor Brian Thunder considering the relationship between performance and audiences as Gerard Smyth catches the mind of the actor in his poem He Who Threads The Boards.
Landscapes associated with Beckett are explored by geographer Arnold Horner while Heritage writer Tim Carey looks at Dun Laoghaire, where Beckett grew up, and its many literary associations. The writer's love of cricket, rugby and golf, as well as his own ability in these fields, are surveyed by poet John O'Donnell. Regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany Joe Kearney, using actor Johnny Murphy's boots as his prop meditates on notions of time in Beckett's best known play Waiting For Godot and academic Sandra O’Connell relates the standing friendship and working relationship between Beckett and fellow Irishman and George Reavey during the writers years in Paris.
RTÉ Radio 1, Monday 10 April – Sunday 16 April
Beckett’s Radio Plays
RTÉ Radio 1 in association with Gare St Lazare Players Ireland will broadcast Beckett’s seven radio plays; Embers, Words and Music, Rough for Radio 1, Rough for Radio 2, Cascando, The Old Tune and All that Fall, beginning with Embers at 7.02pm on Monday, 10 April.
RTÉ Radio 1, MW and LW, Thursday 13 April, 5.30 am
Beckett’s Three Novels
RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast an exclusive RTÉ production of Beckett’s Three Novels, Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable, read by Barry McGovern, continuously from beginning to end.
RTÉ Radio 1, Thursday evenings from 13 April
Thomas Davis Lecture Series
The Thomas Davis Lecture series this year will focus on the work of Samuel Beckett. The lectures will be broadcast each Thursday for thirteen weeks beginning with the first one at 8.45pm on 13 April. The Thomas Davis Lecture series will be published in book form by New Island Books and is available in shops nationwide and from www.rte.ie/shop
RTÉ Radio 1, Thursday 13 April, 2.45pm
Rattlebag, the daily arts show on RTÉ Radio 1, will broadcast a full programme about Beckett from 2.45pm to 3.30pm. The programme will be presented by Myles Dungan.
RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 13 April, 8.00pm
RTÉ lyric fm will broadcast a special Artszone programme at 8pm celebrating Beckett and music with Bernard Clarke and Beckett in photographs with John Minihan. The programme will be presented by Aedín Gormley.
RTÉ Radio 1, 1 May, 2.02pm
Beckett in Paris
In 1937, Beckett decided to make the French capital his permanent home. Barry McGovern's 2003 Beckett in Paris documentary presents the Paris friends of Samuel Beckett.