Happy Days

‘Another heavenly day’ from Samuel Beckett
Red Line Productions
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ABR Arts 15 June 2021

Happy Days

‘Another heavenly day’ from Samuel Beckett
Red Line Productions
by
ABR Arts 15 June 2021
Belinda Giblin as Winnie in Happy Days (photograph by Robert Catto)
Belinda Giblin as Winnie in Happy Days (photograph by Robert Catto)

Towards the end of the first act of Happy Days, Samuel Beckett spells out clearly the question that is at the heart of his work and that of the playwrights loosely grouped under the title ‘absurdist’. His protagonist, Winnie, buried up to her waist in earth, is describing the conversation of a couple who, wandering by, have caught sight of her. The man turns to his female companion. ‘What’s she doing? he says – What’s the idea? he says – stuck up to her diddies in the bleeding ground – coarse fellow – What does it mean? he says – What’s it meant to mean? … Do you hear me? he says – I do, she says, God help me … And you, she says, what’s the idea of you, what are you meant to mean?’

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