‘I suppose you wouldn’t be in need of a small load of dung? ‘
In All That Fall, we find that even with despair nipping at our heels, laughter can triumph over the absurdity of life.
Written for radio in 1956, Beckett’s language and sound text conjures the unpredictable Mrs Rooney, and eccentric characters from her village, as she drags her feet to the train station to meet her husband – they have grown to understand ‘How To Be Happy though Married’. In this staged production, timeworn everyday objects become soundmakers.
‘Do not imagine, because I am silent, that I am not present, and alive, to all that is going on.’
(By Arrangement with the Licensor, The Samuel Beckett Estate, c/- Curtis Brown (Aust) Pty Ltd)
Content Warning: Haze
Written by Samuel Beckett
Directed by Melanie Beddie
Lighting Design by Bronwyn Pringle
Sound Design by Jane Bayly
Stage Manager: Kat Carrington
Performed by Carole Patullo, Tom Considine, Jane Bayly, Dan O’Halloran and Melanie Beddie
Image by John Cumming
Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.
Aural Rating 75%: Mainly sound-based, with visuals only incidental to the work, so blind or low vision audiences can have close to the full experience of the event.