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TLRH | School of Creative Arts Research Forum | "Godot is Here (Kafka too!): Beckett, Havel, the Theatre of the Absurd and the ultimate (artistic) sacrifice."
A talk by Dr. Justin Mac Gregor as part of the School of Creative Arts Research Forum, in association with the Trinity Long Room Hub.

In 1964, to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 400th birthday, the Royal Shakespeare Company were invited to tour Peter Brook’s “King Lear” behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War. In 2004, the performance of Paul Scofield as Lear would be voted the greatest Shakespearean performance of the 20th Century by alumni of the Royal Shakespeare Company. While in Prague, the actors met an aspiring playwright named Vaclav Havel, whose first play, “The Garden Party” was being performed at the same time. Dr MacGregor’s father, Barry, was one of the actors who became lifelong friends with the future Czech President during that time. Over the following week, Havel led the actors through Prague’s illegal jazz clubs as they eluded their KGB handlers, taunted the security services and the secret police while learning about each other’s art and the high cost of both freedom and dissent.

The School of Creative Arts Research Forum meets weekly at 10am on Mondays during term and is led by the School's doctoral students. The aim of the Forum is to give a space for School researchers, both staff and postgraduate students, to share their ideas in a supportive environment. It is also an opportunity for the School to hear about the research of colleagues both from within TCD and outside who share our research interests. In line with the research agenda of the School, talks will encompass traditional research and practice-based research and will be followed by Q&A.

Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact: grilec@tcd.ie

Oct 18, 2021 10:00 AM in Dublin

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