The plays of Beckett are tedious, ponderous and slow. There... I've said it

JOHN Waters
March 2013
Mail on Sunday;3/31/2013, p25
IHAD intended during the week to take my daughter to the Samuel Beckett play, Krapp's Last Tape at the Gate but she came down with something and I had to go alone. How shall I put this? I like Beckett or, at least, his books. When it comes to his plays, I'm with that other eminent Irish playwright Tom Murphy, who, when I asked him his opinion of Beckett in a 1985 interview, told me: 'Beckett is my most unfavourite playwright… As a prose writer, I think he's magnificent but I can't stand his plays. If I happen to be at one, I'm prepared to applaud, clap, anything - providing it stops. And it's not because his message is futility or anything - I'm just bored to death. I want to get out of the theatre.' So why would I inflict this on my unfortunate 17 year-old? Well, I like her to discover these things for herself. Few things please me more than hearing her say something I've secretly been thinking, like when we emerge from a concert by one of our mutual heroes (it happened with Dylan last year) and one of us blabs that we thought it was rubbish and suddenly we're laughing at the idea that we might have continued pretending forever.


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