Ambassador Review – Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot 
Written by Samuel Beckett
Directed by Ross Jolly
at Circa Theatre until 1 June 2019
Reviewed by Jasmine

I found this piece of theatre absolutely stunning! Having performed and studied excerpts from this play myself at school I was very excited to watch this show; it did not disappoint! A highlight of the show, from a critical and additionally from an actor’s perspective, was the incredible dynamic between Vladimir and Estragon in this performance. The actors perfectly captured the relationship between the two men and in the natural absurdist fashion, managed to play not only individual characters but actually successfully embodied representations of wider societies, which was fascinating to watch as an audience member. 

Additionally, I found the staging to be superb. Again, when it comes to absurdism, one can risk using the minimalist stage setting poorly, and compromising the play, however this did not happen in this performance. Beckett’s specific instructions for the setting mean that creative liberties with Waiting For Godot cannot be taken, and I am aware that it has been reported a struggle for some to find originality in the setting, however in this particular piece they used the set and props offered really well and it was pleasing to the eye. This was aided heavily by the lighting, which added an additional tone of uncertainty and gloom to the piece, which was very true to Beckett’s work. 

Of course, as well as the acting was from Vladimir and Estragon, I feel it would not be right to not acknowledge the incredible performance given by the man playing Lucky (Jack Buchanan). For me personally, I find Lucky’s monologue to be one of the most exciting scenes in the history of theatre and to see it performed in that way it was incredible. This monologue is always interesting to watch because each production of Waiting for Godot performs it so differently; in this one they seemed to take the theme of general absurdity and magnify it to a level that hadn’t been reached in the play. As this play has been called by The Irish Times, Waiting for Godot is essentially “a play in which nothing happens, twice” and this monologue really added some climax and excitement into the mixture of nothingness through the rest of the play. 

All in all, Waiting for Godot was absolutely phenomenal and I would watch it again in a heartbeat.