Friday 17 November 2017

Once More With Feeling — Colgan heads to Edinburgh with new theatre company

Michael Colgan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Michael Colgan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

‘Pensioners Doing Beckett’.

 Well, it certainly does what it says on the tin but after some thought, former director of The Gate Michael Colgan decided to name his new theatre company something a little less descriptive.

Instead, he opted for Clare Street — a Dublin address where his favourite playwright, Samuel Beckett, once lived.

“Although Pensioners Doing Beckett does have a ring to it I think,” he laughs.

For his first production, Michael is teaming up with his old pal, Barry McGovern. They are staging a version of Krapp’s Last Tape at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Colgan has been to the festival nearly a dozen times previously, and is looking forward to returning to the Scottish city this summer.

“It should be good,” he said.

“I like Scotland. I like the accent and the shortbread and the tartan. Not so much the kilts.”

The two gents staged First Love as part of the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival and Director of the Edinburgh Festival, Fergus Linehan, who saw the show, asked if the theatre would consider bringing it over.

Unfortunately, that didn’t work out.

So Michael decided to set up his own theatre company and take it there himself.

“I think we’ll have a good time, there are a crew of us heading over, and we will be there for the entire month of August.”

He’ll certainly be mixing with an eclectic crowd and line up — between book, TV and film festival, comedy line-up and of course the fringe, there are set to be Shakespearean puppet shows, dance marathons and open love letters to Dolly Parton.

Two pensioners doing Beckett should fit in nicely.

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