In a special 2019 season closer, internationally acclaimed director Gale Edwards directs the extraordinary Jonathan Biggins in Beckett’s glorious dance between performer and tape recorder.
It is Krapp’s 69th birthday and he is preparing to record his last annual recount of a life brimming with fading hopes and stark disappointments. An unflinching portrait of a man nearing the end, Beckett collides the tragic and the comic in a powerful exploration of time, fate, memory and the ones that got away.
The play is considered to be Beckett at his most autobiographical and draws heavily on biographical detail.
In her Red Line Productions debut, Gale Edwards directs Jonathan Biggins in his Red Line debut, on a set designed by Sydney Theatre Award Lifetime Achievement Award winner Brian Thomson, also in his Red Line debut.
Jonathan Biggins is an actor, writer and director with a wide and varied stage career. One of the creators of the STC’s Wharf Revue, his acting credits also include The Mikado and Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera Australia; The White Guard, Travesties and Ying Tong for STC; The Importance of Being Earnest for MTC; and Essington Lewis: I Am Work. Film and TV credits include Manny Lewis, A Few Best Men and Three Men and a Baby Grand.
Jonathan has written for Fairfax’s Good Weekend magazine, over twenty Wharf Revues; the musicals Living in the 70s and The Republic of Myopia and the plays Australia Day and Talk. Winner of two AWGIE’s, he is also the author of three books, including The 700 Habits of Highly Ineffective People. His directing credits include Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera Australia; Avenue Q, for which he received a Helpmann Award; Pete The Sheep and Josephine Wants to Dance for Monkey Baa Theatre; and Noises Off and Talk for STC. Jonathan recently performed in No Cabaret For Old Men for Sydney Cabaret Festival and concluded this year’s tour of his new one-man theatrical biography of Paul Keating, The Gospel According to Paul.
Red Line Productions Artistic Director is thrilled to present their first Samuel Beckett play with this stellar team. “At the end of half a decade of Red Line, finishing the year with Jonathan and Gale, two of Australia’s best, bringing a Beckett to this little theatre is a gift. To have top line artists so enthusiastic to get on our stage, so consistently, is just magic. Just 60 people a night will experience this show over its limited run, and Vanessa and I can’t wait to share it.”
The donations for this production will go to covering the set, costumes, play rights, artist fees and marketing.