The Old Tune by Samuel Beckett
Two men living on the margins of society, struggling to communicate, facing isolation and memory loss; it’s not hard to see why Beckett was drawn to his friend, Robert Pinget’s play, La Manivelle (The Crank) and offered to translate it into English. But Beckett went further than most translators, transposing the setting to Dublin and changing the characters, Cream and Gorman, to Irishmen.
This new production is directed by Conall Morrison (whose Woyzeck in Winter received rave reviews in Galway and London last year). It’s being staged in The Regal in the heart of Enniskillen, a perfect setting with its atmosphere of faded 1950’s glory, and it stars two iconic Irish actors, Barry McGovern (Cream) and Eamon Morrissey (Gorman). This is a rare opportunity to see both The Old Tune itself and two of Ireland’s finest theatre actors performing on stage together.