WHAT IS THE WORD is an audio cinematic experience presenting a curated collection of
Samuel Beckett poems, performed by some of Ireland's leading actors.
After a fall in his apartment in 1988, Samuel Beckett moved to the Tiers Temps nursing home in
Paris, France. It was here that Beckett, aged 82, wrote ‘Comment dire’ in French. On the
manuscript of his English translation, which he called ‘what is the word’ and is considered to
be his final poem, he wrote: ‘Keep! for end’.
WHAT IS THE WORD grapples with the struggle to express, a theme present from Beckett’s
early work but sharpened by his lived experience of illness. It offers an immersive sensory
journey into some of Beckett’s most rarely performed works.
Project Designers Aedín Cosgrove, Ros Kavanagh, Gavin Quinn
Sound Design Jimmy Eadie
Poetry Recordings Jimmy Eadie, Rachel Conlon
Dramaturg Nicholas Johnson
Project Producer Emma Coen
Speakers Andrew Bennett, Charlie Bonner, Des Cave, Ingrid Craigie, Ned Dennehy, Aoife
Duffin, Olwen Fouéré, Áine Ní Mhuirí, Gina Moxley, Daniel Reardon, Judith Roddy
A Pan Pan production in collaboration with Cork Midsummer Festival, Poetry Ireland, Kilkenny
Arts Festival, Irish Film Institute and the Trinity Centre for Beckett Studies.
Supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council.
Duration: 50 minutes / No interva