Samuel Beckett was born in Foxrock, Co Dublin on Good Friday 1906 and this year we celebrate the centenary of his birth. With plays like 'Waiting for Godot', 'Krapp's Last Tape' and 'Happy Days' he changed theatre forever. With novels like 'Molloy', 'Malone Dies' and 'The Unnameable' he wrote some of the most original prose of the 20th Century. Beckett spent most of his life in Paris, earning a reputation as a recluse, but from his time in the French Resistance to his eagerness to talk about sport with any Irish rugby fan that happened to meet him in a café, there was clearly a lot more to Beckett than a severe-looking Nobel Prize winner who wrote difficult plays. On tonight's programme we discuss Beckett and his legacy with writer and director Peter Sheridan, theatre critic Karen Fricker and university lecturer Tony Roche.
Originally from Los Angeles, Karen holds a BA and MA in English/Dramatic Texts from Stanford University and a PhD from the School of Drama, Trinity College, Dublin. Outside of her academic work, she is a theatre critic and editor, writing and broadcasting for, amongst others, The Guardian, The Irish Times, Variety, and RTÉ. One of the founders of irish theatre magazine, she served there as editor in chief from 1998-2005.
Peter Sheridan is a writer, theatre director, playwright, screenwriter, and film director. He was one of the founder members of Project Arts Centre. In 1998 he wrote and directed The Breakfast, a short film which won the Prix Arte Europe Award at the Brest International Film Festival in November '98. In 2000 he wrote and directed the film Borstal Boy, based upon Brendan Behan's memoir. He is author of 44 - A Dublin Memoir (PanMacmillan, 1999) and Forty-Seven Roses (PanMacmillan 2001).
Dr Anthony Roche
Tony Roche was raised and educated in Dublin, receiving a 1st class BA (hons) from Trinity College in 1973. He was awarded his MA and PhD at the University of California at Santa Barbara and during the 1980s was Assistant Professor of Modern Drama at Auburn University, Alabama. He joined the English Department at UCD in 1990 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999. His Contemporary Irish Drama was published in 1994; and he was editor of the Irish University Review from 1997 until 2002. He is on the Management Board of the IUR; the Board of Drama Studies; the UCD Summer School Board; and the Board of the Humanities Institute of Ireland.