Garrett Lombard as Lucky in Waiting for Godot with Marty Rea and Aaron Monaghan, which runs in the Lime Tree until Saturday Picture: Matthew Thompson
SAMUEL Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot is receiving the magical Druid treatment at Limerick's Lime Tree Theatre in a much anticipated run this week.
The exceptional theatre company returned to Limerick this week with the acclaimed play, starring Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan and Marty Rea.
Beckett’s seminal play, featuring two bickering, world weary friends interminably awaiting the arrival of the mysterious Godot, opened this Wednesday and runs until Saturday at the 510 seater theatre, which is celebrating five years in business.
Druid return with the award-winning production to the Lime Tree, scene of exceptional works in the past couple of years at the theatre such as Druid Shakespeare, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, the Colleen Bawn and DruidMurphy.
Under Garry Hynes’ assured direction and the involvement of the gifted Druid ensemble, this stark play is indeed something very special and Druid’s interpretation does justice to one of the most significant plays of the twentieth century.
Hynes said it was “fantastic to continue working on this extraordinary show” after an acclaimed run in 2016.
Garrett Lombard, who plays the wandering slave Lucky in the play, says Druid set out to show audiences that the dense, stark and almost always abstract play was not all it seems and has “a lot of laughs in it”.
“I think people are surprised by that,” laughed the actor, who featured in Alone it Stands many moons ago and claims to have “a good long relationship with Limerick over the years”.
“What we are finding when we are doing it now is that people can’t believe how funny it is and how simple and straightforward a lot of it is,” he says of Godot.
“So we are happy, because that was kind of our intention behind doing it in the first place, we felt that it had become so sort of mythologised, this impossible, impenetrable piece that nobody can understand.
“One of the reasons behind doing it, was to show people that it’s not this mad, philosophical or beyond the beyond high intellectual stuff, it is actually quite basic and human and, yeah, understandable and relatable.”
The four actors worked on the piece themselves before approaching Hynes - “just one of the best directors working in the world today,” he says.
“She was really into it - she loved the idea,” he says. “It just met sense and she felt that our idea of a new generation of actors maybe taking over that particularly lauded masterpiece if you will, that it was time and people were ready for that.”
Druid are simply among the finest touring ensembles anywhere, and bring a down to earth approach that humanises the work they take on that leave audiences spellbound.
“We are a very tight company, we have been working together a lot over the years, so there is a great shorthand there,” says Garrett.
“I think what we try and do is bring an Irish sensibility to a lot of our work that we put on and maybe a rural sensibility as well. If there was anything, I would say that is our hallmark.”
Waiting for Godot runs in the Lime Tree until Saturday. See www.limetreetheatre.ie for more details and to book tickets