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Pan Pan’s Cascando by Samuel Beckett

Thursday 16th May, 2024 - 18:00

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Accompany Samuel Beckett’s curious figures into an uncertain future. Attired in dark cloaks and given headphones, audiences are guided through a rhythmic, immersive, group choreographical experience.

First broadcast in 1963, Cascando begins with the curious character Opener (Daniel Reardon) setting the scene: the month of May, a time of “reawakening”.  The Opener commands two other presences: the Winding Voice (Andrew Bennett) caught between arrest (” – stories … if you could finish it …”) and progress (“- nearly … just a few more … a few more”), and Music (designed by Jimmy Eadie), whole and forceful.

Director Gavin Quinn, dramaturg Nicholas Johnson and designer Aedín Cosgrove recognise this as a journey. The audience are sent walking in an outdoor landscape, wearing cloaks and listening to the play on headphones.  The unhurried pace of Bennett’s deep and riveting voice provides a rhythm for our steps, as we listen to Voice’s struggle to tell a story.

The absent figure named Woburn is identified by his “same old coat” and vague memories of a cave or shelter. As the same-dressed audience pass each other in the dark surroundings, it appears that images of the text have been slyly extracted. Has the audience been unknowingly cast as the play’s mystifying wanderer?

Along this journey, the tremendous pulse of Eadie’s music threatens to overwhelm. It rises in a wave of crashing strings, eventually settling to ring, pining, with Voice’s efforts.  If you suspected that Woburn’s journey resembled a pilgrimage, Reardon’s sullen Opener somewhat confirms it, suggesting God and a parable: “two outings and a return, to the village, to the inn”.

Duration: 30 mins. Please note that attendees should arrive at least 15 minutes before the performance begins. Latecomers will not be accommodated. This event takes place outdoors, please dress accordingly! 

Director – Gavin Quinn
Designer – Aedín Cosgrove
Sound Design and Music – Jimmy Eadie
Dramaturg – Nicholas Johnson
Opener – Daniel Reardon (Voice Recording)
Voice – Andrew Bennett (Voice Recording)

Image credit: Tristram Kenton


Thursday 16th May, 2024
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Riverbank Arts Centre Auditorium
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Riverbank Arts Centre
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Newbridge, Ireland
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