This 35-second scenario is the most minimal piece of modern theatre and probably Beckett's most notorious. When Kenneth Tynan was planning his erotic revue Oh! Calcutta!, he asked for a contribution from Beckett, and this was the result. Breath (which Tynan livened up by placing some naked female bodies amongst the rubbish) is a stage realization of Pozzo's words in Waiting for Godot: ‘They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more.’ Damien Hirst created a memorable television version, with an island of rubbish, much of it medical in origin, floating in space.
Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).