Red Line Productions

Theatre & Performance

Krapps Last Tape – Samuel Beckett

Krapps Last Tape by Samuel Beckett- an astonishing portrait of a man reflecting on his life on his 69th birthday.
Directed by Gale Edwards
Starring Jonathan Biggins
Designed by Brian Thomson

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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.

Red Line Productions kicked into life in late 2014 to resurrect the much-loved Old Fitzroy Theatre in Woolloomooloo. Since taking up their residency, the venue has been transformed into a robust centre for excellence and independent sector generation through Red Line’s curated programming and late night development frames for new writing and emerging practitioner showcasing. Now widely acknowledged as Sydney’s home of indie theatre, the company was nominated for 22 Sydney Theatre Awards in 2015.

Founded on an ethos of backing the next generation of artists and audience, Red Line delivers positive leadership in the growth and vitality of the independent sector. The work of Red Line is absolutely necessary, ensuring that Australia’s independent creative ecology remains distinct and resilient.

The intensely intimate nature of the venue allows for fearless programming and production; the venue is positioned as a hub to connect audiences, artists and supporters. Red Line contributes to building strong artistic and creative capital, embracing and developing the audience of the future.