On life and the human condition


The Very Popular Theatre Company is bringing Endgame to the Civic Playhouse this month.

Considered by many critics to be Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s greatest one-act play, Endgame is the pinnacle of his characteristic philosophical distillation of human behaviour.

Hamm and Clov painstakingly endure the devastatingly repetitiousness of life in their post-apocalyptic bunker with nothing but each other, a room full of memories and a three-legged dog to pass the time.

To survive, they need each other – or do they?

With no shortage of Beckitt’s unique brand of absurd gloom, Endgame finds the light in misery.

In honour of her father, the late Victor Emeljanow, Alexandra Emeljanow picks up the mantle for the next epic chapter in the family’s theatre-making biography.

Victor was one of Newcastle’s most-loved and respected directors, teachers and scholars, yet passed away before what was tipped to be his career swansong, fittingly titled Endgame, was released.

In his wake, Alexandra leads a cast of Newcastle’s finest, including Daniel Stoddart as Hamm and Ben Louttit as Clov, supported by the unforgettable Michael Smythe and Felicity Biggins as Nagg and Nell.

Endgame is showing at the Civic Playhouse from Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 August.

Tickets are available through ticketek.com.au

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