Samuel Beckett’s Quad and Nacht und Träume

I’ve been watching a couple of television plays by Samuel Beckett, Quad and Nacht und Träume. Quad was written, first produced and broadcast in 1981. It is a really strange production, which involves four cloaked individuals moving around a square in an odd formation. The piece is performed twice, the second piece in black and white and without music.

Nacht und Träume (Night and Dreams) was the last television play written and directed by Samuel Beckett. It was written and recorded in 1982, with the mime artist Helfrid Foron playing both parts. It is a strange, haunting play, wordless, with the only sound that of a male voice humming, then singing, Schubert’s Nacht und Träume. The composer was one of Beckett’s favourites.

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