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10 Minutes On… Samuel Beckett’s Breath


Spend 10 Minutes with Dr Catherine Brown on… Samuel Beckett’s Breath.

Breath is work done in Beckett’s minimalist phase after his most famous plays such as Waiting for Godot, End Game and Happy Days. We find that the cry at the beginning of the play and the cry at the end is an instant of recorded vagitus – a baby birth’s cry. Could this play be about human life as reduced to its fundamental function, sound and metaphor – breath?