About the showAlthough Samuel Beckett's All That Fall is a play listed in head Guardian theatre critic, Michael Billington's, book of 'The 101 Greatest Plays', it is rare to see a production of it in London's West End. Originally written as a radio play, the Beckett estate have been protective of the material, ensuring that it is not performed unless kept true to the great avant-garde playwright's original intentions.
It has driven acclaimed director, Max Stafford-Clark, and his company, Out of Joint, to blindfold their audiences in order to replicate the original auditory focus.
Whether Beckett would have approved of this or dismissed it as merely just a loophole is anyone's guess, however it provides a unique experience which is incomparable to any other show in the West End currently. Audiences are quite literally placed within the centre of the drama, as the actors' voices wander around the space in order to create a 360 degree soundscape, which even Beckett's original could not aspire (with his radio production being broadcast even in pre-stereo days).
This one act play follows the faltering journey of the elderly Maddy Rooney, as she travels to the train station to surprise her blind husband Dan for his birthday. Being both helped and hindered by a series of strangers, by the time she is united with her husband, the plot takes a disconcerting and unsettling turn.
Tony Award-winner Bríd Brennan (The Veil, Brooklyn) takes the lead role of Maddy Rooney, while Adrian Dunbar (The Line of Duty) plays her husband Dan, with Killian Burke, Tara Flynn, Frank Laverty, Gary Lilburn and Ciaran McIntyre in supporting parts.
Following the great success of its original run at Wilton's Music Hall, All That Fall has received a West End transfer to the Arts Theatre and is a must see (or hear) for any Beckett fan.