Sunday, April 9

Krapp's Last Tape - Samuel Beckett (1957)

Wikipedia - "Krapp's Last Tape is a one-act play, in English, by Samuel Beckett. With a cast of one man, it was written for Northern Irish actor Patrick Magee and first titled 'Magee monologue'. ... The curtain rises on '[a] late evening in the future.' It is Krapp’s 69th birthday and he hauls out his old tape recorder, reviews one of the earlier years – the recording he made when he was 39 – and makes a new recording commenting on the last 12 months. Krapp is sitting in his den, lit by the white light above his desk. Black-and-white imagery continues throughout. On his desk are a tape-recorder and a number of tins containing reels of recorded tape. He consults a ledger. The tape he is looking to review is the fifth tape in Box 3. He reads aloud from the ledger but it is obvious that words alone are not jogging his memory. He takes childish pleasure in saying the word ‘spool’. The tape dates from when he turned 39. His taped voice is strong and rather self-important. ..."
Samuel Beckett - Krapp's Last Tape
Guardian - Krapp's Last Tape: John Hurt on Samuel Beckett's loner hero
DONALD DAVIS - A Spoken Arts, Inc. 33-1/3 rpm LP record [1961]
YouTube: Krapp's Last Tape (Patrick Magee)

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