Interview: Gare St Lazare

Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett from Gare St LazareGare St Lazare Ireland is an Irish theatre company that specialises in the work of Samuel Beckett.

This interview took place while the company were touring their production of Waiting for Godot in 2013. They had just played to sold out houses in Dublin and took the production to Boston after the run at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

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About Gare St Lazare

Gare St Lazare built its reputation on presenting Beckett’s prose works in compelling and accessible solo performances that tour in Ireland and around the world. They have toured Ireland fourteen times since 1998 and have toured to over 80 cities in 25 other countries. Company core members are Judy Hegarty Lovett (director), Conor Lovett (actor) and Maura O’Keeffe (Producer) and collaborating artists have included Walter Asmus, Olwen Fouere, Will Eno, Ferdia Murphy, Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh, Lee DeLong, Christine Jones, Paul Clark, Melanie Pappenheim, Gary Lydon and Michael Harding. In 2006 for the Beckett centenary the company co-produced all of Beckett’s radio plays for broadcast on RTE Radio with some of Ireland’s most distinguished actors.

In a 2013 co-production Gare St Lazare/Dublin Theatre Festival, Judy Hegarty Lovett directed the first major Irish production of Waiting For Godot since 1988. It ran at The Gaiety Theatre and toured to Belfast, Boston and Shanghai. This year it will tour to New York. Also in 2013 for Brighton Festival, the company created a new work, Here All Night, inspired by and featuring texts and music by Samuel Beckett as well as original compositions by Paul Clark and improvisational music by Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh. It also features singer Melanie Pappenheim and actor Conor Lovett.

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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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