What would you do while waiting for Godot?

 

Satnam Laddi art direction in Waiting for Godot, by Dharampal Singh (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
VLADIMIR: What do we do now?
ESTRAGON: Wait.
VLADIMIR: Yes, but while waiting.

Samuel Beckett’s most enduring play is one in which infamously, according to the critic Vivien Mercier, “nothing happens, twice.” This may only be part of the story – since the play also keeps us glued to our seats in theatre and so cannot be contain “nothing” – but certainly in the absence of definitive plot, the play invites us to project our own feelings into its near-empty space. We ask how Vladimir and Estragon’s experience speaks to our own lives. We wonder whether we would find something more meaningful than them in this situation.

What would you do while waiting for Godot? Take your boot off? Put it on again? Or something more imaginative or positive? Join the chat in the comments below, or use the hashtag #MondayMusing on Twitter or Facebook.

The play ends in a way that ambiguously balances doing something and doing nothing. Vladimir says “let’s go”, but still “they do not move”. On Wednesday 21st join the Life of Breath team for a free public lecture exploring Beckett’s preoccupation with the “last breath”, the compulsion to move, and ultimate cessation of movement.

 

Advertisements

What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: