Jocelyn Herbert and Samuel Beckett: An Exhibition


Exhibition dates:

25 March – 10 April 2015
Opening event:
Tuesday 24 March, 5 – 8pm

Wimbledon College of Art, Merton Hall Road, London


MA Curating and Collections at Chelsea College of Arts present an exhibition exploring the working relationship between the acclaimed theatre and film designer, Jocelyn Herbert, and the playwright and author, Samuel Beckett.

The materials for the exhibition are selected from the Jocelyn Herbert Archive at the National Theatre, the NT’s only archive dedicated to a designer. The archive includes sketchbooks, set and costume drawings, annotated scripts, research material, notebooks and diaries, masks and puppets, correspondence, personal photographs and official production photography from rehearsals and performances. Herbert’s working relationship with Beckett spans from the 1950’s to the 1970’s; using artefacts from the archive the exhibition will reveal aspects of the biography of Jocelyn Herbert, her personal and professional relationships, and will give a unique insight into the theatre making process.

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This show is curated by the Exhibition Studio Workshop – the practice-based unit of Chelsea’s MA Curating and Collections course. It is part of a series of shows entitled Work From the Collections, and is the inaugural exhibition in what is hoped will be an ongoing series exploring the Jocelyn Herbert Archive at the National Theatre.

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Image: Samuel Beckett and Jocelyn Herbert. Photo from the Jocelyn Herbert Archive at the National Theatre.
Photographer: John Haynes

Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby set for West End transfer

Lisa Dwan and Walter Asmus at rehearsals of Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby in the Royal Court Theatre ahead of their upcoming production, which is also now transferring to the Duchess Theatre, London.

Lisa Dwan and Walter Asmus at rehearsals of Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby in the Royal Court Theatre ahead of their upcoming production, which is also now transferring to the Duchess Theatre, London.

In February 2014 Samuel Beckett’s drama will return to London’s West End. His three short plays, Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby, will transfer to the intimate Duchess Theatre for a limited two week run from 3rd-15th February 2014 after its original run at the Royal Court Theatre from 9th-18th January 2014 sold out. This production will see Lisa Dwan reprise her critically acclaimed performance of Not I alongside Footfalls and Rockaby, directed by Beckett’s long-time collaborator, Walter Asmus.

In a unique collaboration with Nica Burns and her company Nimax Theatres, all tickets will be sold at Royal Court prices (£12- £25).

Lisa Dwan first performed in Not I at the Battersea Arts Centre in 2005 and subsequently performed the role of Mouth at the Purcell Room in the Southbank Centre, the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival (at the Steele Hall in Portora Royal School in 2012 and in the Marble Arch Caves in 2013), the Bulmershe Theatre at the University of Reading, the Hay Festival and also at the Royal Court most recently in May 2013.

Walter Asmus was Assistant Director to Samuel Beckett when his celebrated production of Warten auf Godot from the Schiller Theatre Berlin toured to the Royal Court Theatre in 1976. He later collaborated with Beckett on many television productions in Stuttgart and at the Riverside Studios London for the 1984 San Quentin Drama Workshop production of Waiting for Godot. Since then Walter has directed Beckett’s work internationally, including his acclaimed Gate Theatre Dublin production of Godot, which went on a 32 county tour of Ireland in 2008.

Further creatives include: Design: Alex Eales, Lighting Design: James Farncombe, Composer: Tom Smail, Sound Design: David McSeveney, Stage Manager: Cath Binks, Assistant Director: Matthew McFrederick.

The Duchess Theatre has proved a familiar venue for West End productions of Beckett’s plays in recent years, with productions of Endgame featuring Simon McBurney and Mark Rylance in 2009 and Krapp’s Last Tape with Michael Gambon in 2011 in residence.

Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby will also tour to: Cambridge Arts Theatre (9th-13th September 2014), Birmingham Repertory Theatre (16th- 20th September 2014) and The Lowry, Salford (23rd-27th September 2014), with international dates to be added.

The Staging Beckett Team is pleased to announce Lisa Dwan is also one of our confirmed speakers for our ‘Staging Beckett: Constructing Performance Histories’ Conference, which will be held in the Minghella Building at the University of Reading from 4th-5th April 2014. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information about Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby at the Duchess Theatre visit: