Gate Theatre Dublin
Barry McGovern in Watt by Samuel Beckett
Texts from the novel selected by Barry McGovern
The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, UK

Tuesday 26 February – Saturday 16 March 2013
Press night: Thursday 28 February, 7.45pm

The Barbican brings Gate Theatre Dublin’s production of Watt to London, adapted for the stage and performed by Barry McGovern from Samuel Beckett’s novel of the same name. Part of the Barbican’s Dancing around Duchamp season, it stands alongside the best of Beckett’s absurdist plays. There is also a post-show talk with McGovern on Monday 4 March.

This virtuosic one-man show tells the extraordinary story of Watt, an itinerant character on his journey from the train station to the house of a Mr Knott, whom he will serve. The bizarre adventures of Watt and his subsequent struggle to make sense of the world around him are told with verbal elegance, fierce humour and pathos. The relationship between narrator and protagonist is both witty and sincere and McGovern’s exquisitely nuanced performance is one of grace and precision.

Gate Theatre Dublin, an international exponent of Beckett’s work, returns to the Barbican after its collaboration in 2006 with the Barbican on the Beckett Centenary Festival.

Watt is produced by Gate Theatre Dublin and supported by Culture Ireland as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency Culture Programme 2013.

ENDS

Notes to Editors
Watt is part of the Barbican’s Dancing around Duchamp season, a major multi-disciplinary season of events across visual art, dance, theatre, film and music inviting audiences to journey among the absurd, the subversive, the provocative and the darkly humorous. A uniquely Barbican offering, it brings together key figures of the avant-garde who changed the course of 20th-century art: Samuel Beckett, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Marcel Duchamp, Eugène Ionesco, Alfred Jarry, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, along with a host of contemporary practitioners who continue their radical legacy.

Press information
For further information or to arrange interviews contact:
Bridget Thornborrow, Media Relations Consultant, +44 780 216 6594 or
bridget.thornborrow@barbican.org.uk

Public information
Box office: 0845 120 7511
www.barbican.org.uk/theatre

Listings information
Gate Theatre Dublin
Barry McGovern in
Watt by Samuel Beckett
Texts from the novel selected by Barry McGovern
Performed by Barry McGovern
Ireland
Directed by Tom Creed
Costumes by Joan O’Cleary
Lighting by James McConnell
Sound by Denis Clohessy
Music by Barry McGovern after Samuel Beckett
Tuesday 26 February – Saturday 16 March, 7.45pm
(Also 3pm matinées on 2, 9 & 16 March)
The Pit
50 mins / no interval
£18
Age guidance: 14+
Press night: Thursday 28 February, 7.45 pm
Post-show talk: Monday 4 March, free to same-day ticket holders
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Watt - Barry McGovern - © Jeff Clarke
Press Enquiries:
For further information or to arrange interviews contact:

Bridget Thornborrow, Media Relations Consultant, +44 780 216 6594 or
bridget.thornborrow
@barbican.org.uk