THE UNIVERSITY OF GDAŃSK SAMUEL BECKETT SEMINAR:
BECKETT FROM AN ACTOR’S PERSPECTIVE
A conversation with MARCELLO MAGNI (Complicite)
MARCELLO MAGNI is a co-founder of Complicite. He was trained at the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris and has worked closely with Peter Brook, Simon McBurney and other major directors.
On 28 November 2013 in the Two Windows Theatre in Gdańsk a seminar was held. The seminar began with a presentation of Act Without Words II from the BECKETT ON FILM project. The film was produced in 2001, stars Pat Kinevane and Marcello Magni, and was directed by Enda Hughes. This was followed by a discussion on various productions of Beckett’s plays in which MARCELLO MAGNI has been involved, including Enda Hughes’ Act Without Words II; Peter Brook’s Fragments; and Complicite’s Endgame. The seminar aimed at sketching possible non-canonical readings of Samuel Beckett’s work, exploring the specificity of Beckett’s humour, outlining his use of theatre traditions, and discussing the impact of Beckett’s artistic innovations on contemporary theatre.
The seminar was organised by BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY and the Beckett Research Group at the University of Gdańsk, in co-operation with the Two Windows Theatre, the Art Foundation Un Gusto A Miel. It was conducted by Dr Tomasz Wiśniewski of the University of Gdańsk.