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June 2005
Krapp's Last Tape
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Krapp's Last Tape
By Samuel Beckett


9.30 pm at the Burton Taylor
Tuesday 7th -Saturday 11th June 2005

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By Rosie Hetherington

According to the blurb this is a darkly funny look at the disillusioned Krapp on his 69th Birthday. So I was expecting to laugh and the bananas promised and delivered a chuckle or two. As did the star of the show with his wonderfully expressive face and elderly gait. This one act play in the later part of the evening is about the later parts of one mans life. A man who lives by the tape, dies by the tape.

If you want to get away from the hurly burly world of exams and the stresses of modern life, this is the place to be. The classical music, the dark room, the calming presence of a wise elder, the meditative almost hypnotic confessions of the magnificent Aaron Costas Ganis as Krapp. What more could you want? Well some incense sticks would have been useful.

Somewhere in the not too distant future you too may sit down in reflective mood. How many hopes and dreams will you have achieved in your life thus far? What path did you take? The single-minded career focused expressway or the circuitous ring road around your familiar hometown leading nowhere and avoiding all exit signs to the big bright city.

Let's hope that you won't find yourself listening intently to the incomprehensible profundities and absurdities of your younger self. Still who can advise the young? They are born knowing everything with a certainty that is hard to displace. No wonder Krapp is disillusioned!

If we only knew then what we know now what a life we could have led. Someone build me a time machine please!

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