By Samuel Beckett
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Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot follows two consecutive days in the lives of Vladimir and Estragon, who divert themselves by clowning around, joking and arguing, while waiting expectantly and unsuccessfully for the mysterious Godot.
The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone—or something—named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning.
Waiting for Godot, is Beckett’s first play, was written originally in French in 1948 (Beckett subsequently translated the play into English himself). It premiered at a tiny theater in Paris in 1953 followed by London in 1955 and eventually opened in New York in 1956.
Waiting for Godot has a wit, vigor and brilliance that confounded audiences at the time, and astonished everyone who has seen or read it ever since. The play is difficult (and makes no bones about its difficulty), but it also embraces the popular comic medium with which Beckett grew up. Hilariously funny, but also terribly sad, Waiting for Godot is the foremost abstract work in theatre and a work of pure genius that has become of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama.
DIRECTOR: Cameron Malcher
N.B. Schools that wish to book this event within four weeks of the performance should contact 8839 3308 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates & Times:
10:30am, Monday 3 March
10:30am, Tuesday 4 March
10:30am, Wednesday 5 March
7:30pm, Wednesday 5 March
10:30am, Thursday 6 March
10:30am, Friday 7 March
7:30pm, Friday 7 March
STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form
All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.
STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us
Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:
Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail: email@example.com
Mail: Amy Matthews, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.
N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.
STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking
Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.
STEP 4. Final Payment
Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.
STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools
A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.
STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!
Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.
Terms and Conditions
The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:
- A non-refundable deposit of $125 is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
- Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
- Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
- Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
- The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.
Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.