Paris, 1948

Keeble, Kathryn 2017, Paris, 1948, in Why do things break? Symposium, University of Adelaide, South Australia, 2016.

Performance name Paris, 1948
Creator(s) Keeble, Kathryn
Year presented/published 2017
Publisher Double Dialogues
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Event name Why do things break? Symposium
Performance venue University of Adelaide, South Australia
Performance end date 2016/10/14 - 2016/10/14
Description of performance Film
Summary On the 15th arrondissement in Paris, Irish playwrights Brendan Behan and Samuel Beckett meet for the first time. Beckett, having spent the Second World War working for the French Resistance and having narrowly escaped the hands of the Gestapo, is tormented by the randomness of the universe’s selection. He is left to survive in a world with ‘humanity in ruins’. Why has he been saved when many of his friends and colleagues have not been so lucky? Behan, a month out of Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison having spent most of his short life since the age of sixteen incarcerated at Her Majesty’s Pleasure for terrorist activities, has his own demons to exorcise. From this encounter between two broken individuals, art will make sense of a world forever changed. A few weeks after their fateful meeting Beckett begins writing his masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. Behan, by all accounts, arrived in Paris with a rough draft of his anti-hero classic, The Quare Fellow. Here at last long lost film footage has surfaced to put an end to speculation of what might have been discussed during that long night in the attic studio of number six, rue des Favorites, in Paris, 1948.
Keyword(s) Samuel Beckett
Brendan Behan
Paris, France
Language eng
Field of Research 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
HERDC Research category J2 Minor original creative work
Copyright notice ©2017, Katherine Keeble
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