23-27 September 2014
Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
Last night we attended the first night of Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby showing in The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford until September 27th. Playwright and Novelist Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) most renowned for his play Waiting For Godot wrote these three short pieces.
Not I is a monologue delivering a stream of consciousness at the speed of light. A female mouth floating high above the stage speaks so quickly, I thought, that I just couldn’t catch what she was saying at all. The diction was blurred and it all seemed too frenetic. Maybe you’re not supposed to? Maybe it is my hearing? Although my mum who was with me and a friend who works as an usher also thought exactly the same. It could be we are not familiar with the piece but whatever the reason it went completely over my head.
Footfalls features May, a sad tortured soul who is pacing up and down outside her dying mothers room. We hear the voice of her mother who is never seen echoing through the darkness as May waits for the inevitable to happen. May is haunted by ‘it’ we never find out what ‘it’ is but it makes for compelling viewing.
Rockaby sees an old lady dressed in a evening gown sitting in a wooden rocking chair that rocks and rocks and rocks of its own accord. This was my favourite of the three. The old lady sits listening to an eerie recorded voice looking out of her window feeling trapped in a never ending nightmare.
The Trilogy was performed superbly by actress Lisa Dwan. She delivers each character with immense intensity. Her presence in each scene is chilling and slightly unnerving.
The show lasts just under an hour and the auditorium is in complete darkness throughout. Even the emergency exit lights are extinguished. There is a three minute interval between the three and it can become quite disorientating. So if you are not happy in that situation I wouldn’t recommend it. It is a gripping extraordinary experience and an hour you won’t forget in a hurry!
Tickets cost £21-25 (includes £2 booking fee).
Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby is at The Lowry until 27 September 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000