This fall the tiny Jermyn Street Theatre is producing a rare revival of Samuel Beckett’s radio play All That Fall with an All star cast.
From the Jermyn:
Three giants of the British stage come together as “directs Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon in All That Fall, a radio play by Samuel Beckett. The production continues and extends this small and intimate theatre’s burgeoning reputation for attracting the very best talent in British theatre in order to rediscover and stage lesser-known works by major writers.
Specially commissioned by the BBC as a radio play, when it was first heard on the Third Programme in 1957, All That Fall was immediately and universally acclaimed for its comic and linguistic exuberance. The Times Literary Supplement said of it, “A most impressive and original piece of writing for the ear, comparable in its impact, though not at all in its tone or mood, with Under Milk Wood. The use of language has a rich local flavour; there is a rhetorical zest, a rhythmical extravagance, and a melancholy humour, that recall Synge and O’Casey.”
The piece charts the journey of old and unwieldy Mrs Rooney as she drags herself towards a railway station on a Saturday lunchtime to meet her blind husband on his way back from the office to guide him home. Along the way she passes the time of day with a man with a dung cart and a man with a bicycle. A third man with a motor-car offers her a lift and a church-struck spinster helps her up the station steps.|”