23:00, Tue 14th November 2006 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 6
In one of Samuel Beckett's greatest plays, the ancient Krapp tries to make sense of his life, past and present, by recording all of his memories and experiences. He listens back to old tapes, astounded by how far he has progressed. We see that he has barely changed at all. The younger Krapp learnt that love does not work out uncomplicatedly or without loss; the older Krapp is just relieved that his sex life is better than a kick in the crutch. By turns both hilarious and moving, Beckett shows his understanding of the weight experience can bear on a man as Krapp is reduced to nothing more than a commentator on his earlier life. "Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn't want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn't want them back."