Winner of one 2011 Green Room Award
Best Male Actor (Robert Menzies)
This one-man show toured to Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne in 2011.
In 2004 it was The Fever with John Gaden. In 2010 we’ve carved out a special niche for Samuel Beckett’s extraordinary story The End, with the great Robert Menzies.
A lonely soul is ejected from the comfort of an asylum, so he spends his days wandering the city and the countryside, waiting for his existence to come to some kind of conclusion. His life has failed, he’s beyond loneliness and destitution. He ekes out the final small pleasures of living until there is nothing left but to drift away.
Beckett’s particular magic is to show us the special beauty and humour of fullblown existential sadness. The End is a concentrated display of that magic. He rakes through the ashes of a totally ruined life in search of a spark of glory, and finds it. An exquisite parable about the brilliant idea that there’s no such thing as a redundant human being.
By Samuel Beckett
Director Eamon Flack
Lighting Designer Teegan Lee
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Eamon Flack’s production of The End, with its characteristic combination of bleakness and rich humanity, is a theatrical triumph.John McCallum | The Australian
Menzies squeezes every last drop of juice from the prose. Every line is a surprise and he zooms in unerringly on Beckett’s punchlines.Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald
There are no bells and whistles in Eamon Flack’s stage adaptation of a Samuel Beckett novella but it is a ringing success all the same … Menzies is mesmerising.Elissa Blake | The Sun-Herald