“All That Fall” is a 1956 radio play by Samuel Beckett—a multilayered composition of voices that can be experienced as a black comedy, a murder mystery, a cryptic literary riddle, or a quasi-musical score. This Irish production is performed by the Pan Pan Theatre Company and directed by Gavin Quinn.
Just as most Beckett plays don’t stray far from the original, Pan Pan’s “All That Fall” remains true to the text. The innovation lies in the staging — a room cluttered with rocking chairs, which the audience listens in, seated between two sets of lights, designed by Aedín Cosgrove, that create the impression of being between intense, interrogative sunlight and comforting moonlight.
Otherwise, there is nothing else in the room to distract from Beckett’s text. Listeners can gently sway to the sensations described by the characters as they gradually shift from the sharp blindness of day to the isolating glow of nighttime. True to Pan Pan’s mission of audience inclusion, the audience becomes part of the installation, part of the experience.
Pan Pan Theatre Company
Directed by Gavin Quinn
Design by Aedín Cosgrove
Sound design by Jimmy Eadie
Dramaturgy by Thomas Conway
“All That Fall” is part of the BAM Next Wave Festival
, which returns for its 30th season, presenting an array of contemporary performance, artist talks, storytelling, visual art and film that showcases work by emerging artists and innovative modern masters. View more festival events.