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A: Samuel Beckett Pf: 1972, New York Pb: 1973 G: Monodrama in 1 act S: Darkened bare stage, indeterminate period C: 1m, 1fAt the back of a darkened stage, only a Mouth is visible. Downstage stands the Auditor, cloaked in black, who listens intently to the Mouth and three times raises his arms in a gesture of compassion. Even before and after the curtain, the Mouth is heard speaking. When the curtain rises, a flood of disjointed phrases become audible. In essence, the Mouth describes how she was born and lived an uneventful life. Perhaps because of some trauma, she is unable to speak. She is perhaps simple-minded. She finds herself in court at one point. Then at the age of 60 or 70, her mind starts to work differently (has she died?), and from being virtually mute, she is now unable to stop the ceaseless flow of words.

A: Samuel Beckett Pf: 1972, New York Pb: 1973 G: Monodrama in 1 act S: Darkened bare stage, indeterminate period C: 1m, 1f

Beckett was constantly pushing towards more and more abstraction in the theatre, a difficult task when faced with flesh-and-blood actors. In Happy Days and Play, he reduced the performer to a motionless head. Here he goes one stage further and offers only the mouth in this brief torrent of words.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).


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