‘IT’S been extremely positive,’ said Sean Doran, this week, close to a month until the second annual Samuel Beckett festival is due to take place in Enniskillen.
The festival’s artistic director has held launches in a variety of locations over the past number of weeks, reporting healthy ticket sales for the August event.
“It’s getting a great reaction, and I think that every thought that because last year was such a success how are we going to match that?” he said.
“The names, Winona Ryder, and Miranda Richardson are so well-known that they took the festival worldwide.
“They helped put us on the map even more so than last year.”
And its draw certainly isn’t limited to Fermanagh, where a young Beckett attended school.
“Outside of Fermanagh I think people know something exciting is going on. There is a diversity and richness to the programme. At our Dublin launch people were saying ‘We’re coming up, we’re coming up’.
“It’s still a massive challenge to do what we’re doing under restrictive funding scenarios.But hopefully in future years this will get easier and easier,” he added.