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 Issue 209

The waiting is over by Madelaine Empson

You know Waiting For Godot, Samuel Beckett’s iconic, absurdist masterpiece. But do you know Waiting For Waiting For Godot?

In this comedy about boredom that’s anything but boring, two hapless understudies (fittingly) wait to go on in a production of Waiting For Godot. Written by award-winning playwright and actor Dave Hanson and directed by Michael Hurst, this hilarious and timely play stars George Maunsell (Our Flag Means Death) and Callum Brodie (Downton Abbey) as Ester, a character the actor describes as “a pompous underachieving actor who lectures his coworker, Val, about the industry even though they are both waiting”.

Television’s Iana Grace (Shortland Street) joins the all-star cast in this Boyd & Brodie Production, which enjoyed a sell-out run at Q Theatre in Auckland earlier this year and is currently touring New Zealand for the first time. Wellingtonians needn’t have seen Waiting For Godot to enjoy this fresh take at Hannah Playhouse from the 28th of November to the 2nd of December.

Waiting For Godot makes us question our own experiences and expectations of life”, Brodie says. “Waiting For Waiting For Godot is a comedy and takes the original to new meta heights. Both are absurdist and meaningful, but Dave Hanson’s writing is exquisitely funny and will resonate with anyone who works in theatre.”

If you’re in the audience, Brodie hopes you’ll leave the theatre feeling a sense of fun and remembering “Not to take yourself too seriously, but to be honest with yourself and the things you want from life. Whatever that may be, give it a shot and stop waiting.”

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