Hebden Bridge Arts Festival


Hebden Festival steals a march
on Edinburgh

June 21, 2006

Writer Samuel Beckett’s close friend and publisher is to appear at this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, premiering a new show before the Edinburgh Festival.

Samuel Beckett: The Man and his Work is presented by John Calder and includes performances by actors Peter Pacey and Oengus MacNamara, who delighted the capacity audience at the 2005 Hebden festival. Oengus is one of the original members of the Godot Company and Peter has won an Edinburgh Fringe First. 

According to John Calder, Beckett was a realist who felt keenly the evils and sufferings of the world, and his moral message goes deeper and rings truer than most religions.

He points out why he is increas­ingly compared to Shakespeare, and what he has to say to each of us about our lives and destinies. The passages from the novels, poems and plays chosen for this evening show how almost everything in the writings comes directly from the life experience and thinking of this remarkable man.

The illustrated lecture and performance is on Wednesday, July 12 from 8pm at the Little Theatre in Hebden Bridge.

The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival opens from July 1 with two days of action-packed street entertainment and runs until July 16 with a programme of more than 80 events.

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