Dunbar plotting ‘Catastrophe’ at Beckett festival


CATASTROPHE… Adrian Dunbar

ENNISKILLEN-BORN actor Adrian Dunbar is to perform a unique play at the third annual Happy Days International Beckett Festival, being held from July to August in Enniskillen.

 The actor is bringing Beckett’s ‘Catastrophe’ to an as-of-yet unnamed location for a number of shows during the festival, and has enlisted the help of local actors Frank McCusker and Orla Charlton.

Dunbar has been heavily involved in promoting the festival over the last number of years and is keen to promote the festival even further.

Reflecting on speaking with festival director Sean Doran prior to the inaugural festival, Adrian said:

“I talked to Sean about it, and I thought it was an excellent idea. I thought the town would be perfect for that kind of festival, and I thought the people of the town were the kind of people who would get behind it and embrace the idea, and that has come to pass.”

“I think the strength of the festival is how it’s curated and the quality of the people who are coming, and the quality of the acts; the companies and the individuals that are coming.

“I’m absolutely delighted and I’m very proud to be associated with the festival – it’s a source of pride that people are coming to my home town.”

Adrian will be performing Beckett’s 1982 play ‘Catastrophe’ at an as of yet unnamed location in or around Enniskillen.

“It’s a short 20 minute play where you have three actors: The easiest way of describing it is you’ve got an actor, a director and his assistant,” Adrian said.

“It’s a political statement, a very bold political statement about totalitarian states, and fascism in general.”

Adrian said that there will be around 14 performances of Catastrophe, and is looking forward to the festival which takes place from July 31- August 10.

“I’m really looking forward, every year it comes up I really look forward to it.”


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