All Mankind Is Us: Walking for Waiting For Godot
ALL MANKIND IS US: Walking for Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett Actors TBC in July
Departure point: Enniskillen Castle Museum Car Park (Event takes place in Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark).
July 27 & 28: A tree. A country road. Evening
(Overall event duration 3.5-4hrs)
‘at this place, at this moment, all mankind is us’ (Vladimir, Waiting for Godot)
Bus departs Enniskillen Castle to take the audience to the Irish border where the audience will begin a gentle uphill 3km walk through meadow, country road to reach Sir Antony Gormley’s festival commissioned Tree for Waiting for Godot installed in the blanket bog just under Cuilcach Mountain on the border between County Fermanagh (NI) and County Cavan (ROI). Audience seated outdoor. Bring suitable footwear and warm clothing.
A cultural history of socio-political site specific Godots
Waiting for Godot has become increasingly a play that communities in distress turn to for comfort. There is a worldwide lineage of Waiting for Godot productions of this socio-political nature, most notably the St. Quentin prison Waiting for Godot (1957), Johannesburg’s Market Theatre all black Waiting for Godot (1976), Susan Sontag’s Sarajevo Waiting for Godot (1993) and the New Orlean’s Hurricane Katrina Waiting for Godot (2007).
Arts Over Borders first trialed its Irish border Walking for Waiting for Godot in 2018 as a performed reading with Northern Irish actors one weekend and Republic of Ireland actors another weekend, both presentations around Sir Antony Gormley’s stainless steel Tree for Waiting for Godot in a remote upland bog on the Irish border. The event had an enormous impact with its audiences, enough to convince us that this cyclical play should return within the festival as a constant every year.