Waiting for Godot
The inspirational work of the Irish novelist Samuel Beckett “Waiting for Godot”
, in the insuperable translation of Minos Volanakis
and directed by Yannis Anastasakis
, after winning over the audience and critics, returns for a few performances to the stage of the Vassiliko Theatre
. Vladimir and Estragon wait for Godot, hovering above a desert landscape. Two tramps, a half-eaten carrot, a pair of old combat boots, a hat that should have our name written on but has nothing instead, all in a strong performance that expresses the agony of human existence.
With English surtitles every Sunday (20.00) - Duration: 130min
A comedy that satirizes the tragedy of the human species, from its onset until today.
CREDITS / Translated by:
Minos Volanakis, Directed by: Yannis Anastasakis, Set–Costumes: Kenny MacLellan, Original Music: Manos Milonakis, Movement: Dimitris Sotiriou, Lighting Designer: Vassilis Papakonstantinou, Assistant Director: Samson Fytros, Assistant set–costume designer: Maria Mylona, Photography: Tasos Thomoglou, Production Coordinator: Ilias Kotopoulos
/ Foulis Boudouroglou (A boy), Giorgos Kafkas (Vladimir), Panagiotis Papaioannou (Pozzo), Thanasis Raftopoulos (Lucky), Konstantinos Hatzisavas (Estragon)
This season, Yannis Anastasakis delivered a lesson of pure Becket-style direction…
With his ally, the imposing but also loudly symbolic set by MacLellan, the lunar lighting by Vasilis Papakonstantinou, the minimalist music by Manos Milonakis and his five actors’ sensational interpretations (Giorgos Kafkas, Panagiotis Papaioannou, Thanasis Raftopoulos, Konstantinos Hatzisavas, Foulis Boudouroglou) he staged a production of European standards and made Beckett’s speech a bit more modern and eerie than ever.
Volanakis’s wonderful translation (how much we miss him) was a great asset to the performance. The inspirational and exquisite staging by Yannis Anastasakis is one of his finest works! ... The strong group of his competent actors under his instructions achieved an enviable result! Kafkas, Hatzisavas, Papaioannou, Raftopoulos and Boudouroglou “became” Beckett’s heroes, bearing despair, fatigue, stalemate, yearning, their need to depend on each other, even if nothing comes of it!
Yannis Anastasakis’s direction was exceptional, while he extracted great performances from all his actors ... The set, signed by the talented Kenny MacLellan, was simply exquisite.
I was ecstatic with the poetic scenes I saw and impressed by both the scenes with bitter sarcastic humour and the clownish ones.
Yannis Anastasakis directs a “quartet” (or, as a matter of fact, a “quintet”) of actors who achieve two very important things for Beckett’s text: to “be heard” clearly and maturely and to avoid the danger of “big” and “small” roles, of “important” and “insignificant ” or even less important ones. All the roles, as taught, in Anastasakis’s “Godot” are equals and meaningful, each with his own unique language.
10+4 actors who “shined” in their performances this season
Thanasis Raftopoulos gave a breath-taking performance as Lucky, Pozzo’s slave (Panagiotis Papaioannou), in the atmospheric “Waiting for Godot”, directed by Yannis Anastasakis at the Vassiliko Theatre.
How cleverly Kenny MacLellan’s set penetrated the big stalls of the theatre “and the horizon opened up”, to the words that Minos Volanakis translated so nicely −in a tough text− so sweetly, making the theatre overflow… Four actors, with their personal acting “baggage” highly intense −as required− and with their “witty” penetration into the roles, take you with them.