Case study: Waiting for Godot

Welcome to the Waiting for Godot Learning Materials page

This webpage is designed to give you a 10 Module Course on Beckett’s most famous play, Waiting for Godot. The materials are appropriate for students at any stage of their studies. They have been designed for Secondary and Further Education schools, colleges and universities as the information in each Module can be adapted to suit your level. Students and teachers will find videos, podcasts, music, images, and detailed information about a variety of aesthetic, political, and biographical topics related to Samuel Beckett’s play. Each Module also includes links and references to related websites and scholars whose work on Godot has been highly influential. Teachers may find the ‘Question Bank’ particularly useful when thinking of essay and debating topics. The modules have been written with a chronology in mind, so click on the first link below to begin!

Module 1: Introduction and how Godot came about

Module 2: What is Godot about and what made it so groundbreaking?

Module 3: Influences

Module 4: Significant Premieres 

Module 5: Actors’ Perspectives and Character Studies

Module 6: Case Studies

Module 7: Politicising Godot: a Global Perspective

Module 8: Godot, Design and Scenography

Module 9: Godot, Rhythm and Voice 

Module 10: Godot, Disability and Inclusion

 

This webpage also contains the following learning resources:

Question Bank
A guide on where to find Godot manuscripts
Reading Lists
Quiz
References for our modules

Get in touch

We would also like to encourage students from schools, colleges and universities to get in touch and let us know your views on Godot. If you’ve studied, seen, or performed in a production of Godot, please send us a short audio or video recording with your thoughts.

Lastly, if you have any questions relating to our Modules, please contact us via stagingbeckett@reading.ac.uk
We will try to respond to your email as soon as possible.

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Staging Beckett team members, Matthew McFrederick and Professor Anna McMullan, alongside Walter Asmus and Dr Nick Johnson at the TCD Beckett Summer School. IMG_3277
Walter Asmus in conversation with Nick Johnson for the second Staging Beckett public talk at the Beckett Summer School, August 2014.
James Knowlson with Richard Wilson and the BBC Artsnight team at the University of Reading, July 2015.
Richard Wilson and James Knowlson during the filming of the BBC's upcoming Artsnight episode dedicated to Samuel Beckett, July 2015.
Lisa Dwan and Walter Asmus at the Royal Court, December 2013.
Lisa Dwan and Anna McMullan interview University of Reading, March 2018.
Samuel Beckett directing the San Quentin Drama Workshop actors Bud Thorpe and Rick Cluchey. (Photo by Chris Harris, David Gothard Collection.)
Billie Whitelaw's dress for Footfalls
Godot, Gare St Lazare, 2014.
Conor Lovett in Godot, Gare St Lazare, 2014.
Fizzles, 'Beckett in the City'. Photo courtesy of Company SJ., 2013.
Beckett observing rehearsals at the Riverside Studios. (Photo by Chris Harris, David Gothard Collection.)
Waiting for Godot at 60: An Exhibition, 2015.
Exhibition photo, 2014.
Exhibition photo, 2014.
Exhibition photo, 2014.
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
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Staging Beckett team members, Matthew McFrederick and Professor Anna McMullan, alongside Walter Asmus and Dr Nick Johnson at the TCD Beckett Summer School. IMG_3277
Walter Asmus in conversation with Nick Johnson for the second Staging Beckett public talk at the Beckett Summer School, August 2014.
James Knowlson with Richard Wilson and the BBC Artsnight team at the University of Reading, July 2015.
Richard Wilson and James Knowlson during the filming of the BBC's upcoming Artsnight episode dedicated to Samuel Beckett, July 2015.
Lisa Dwan and Walter Asmus at the Royal Court, December 2013.
Lisa Dwan and Anna McMullan interview University of Reading, March 2018.
Samuel Beckett directing the San Quentin Drama Workshop actors Bud Thorpe and Rick Cluchey. (Photo by Chris Harris, David Gothard Collection.)
Billie Whitelaw's dress for Footfalls
Godot, Gare St Lazare, 2014.
Conor Lovett in Godot, Gare St Lazare, 2014.
Fizzles, 'Beckett in the City'. Photo courtesy of Company SJ., 2013.
Beckett observing rehearsals at the Riverside Studios. (Photo by Chris Harris, David Gothard Collection.)
Waiting for Godot at 60: An Exhibition, 2015.
Exhibition photo, 2014.
Exhibition photo, 2014.
Exhibition photo, 2014.
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
Staging Beckett conference at the University of Reading, 5 April 2014
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