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Rehearsing/Samuel Beckett

curatorial concept and design by Donald Smith

25.03.06 - 29.04.06

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Photographs of Samuel Beckett at the Riverside Studios form a backdrop for workshops, rehearsals & discussions

Presented by Jess Wiesner

In the early 1980's Samuel Beckett came to London to direct rehearsals of his seminal plays, Endgame and Waiting for Godot. The venue for these rehearsals, the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, was not the venue for the final performances but, more importantly, was the creative space where the performances were made.

The Riverside at that time, under the artistic directorship of David Gothard, was a hotbed of creative activity and the notoriously media shy Beckett was comfortable enough there to conduct interviews with the press, be seen drinking in the Riverside bar, and allow artists and school children into the rehearsals.

At CHELSEA space, photographs of Beckett rehearsing taken by the late Chris HA-rris, Beckett's correspondence with David Gothard, and related ephemera (all from Gothard's personal archives) form a backdrop for a wide ranging series of rehearsals, workshops, and speculative discussions.

During the exhibition musicians, artists, actors, writers, performers and directors will use CHELSEA space to explore the creative nature of rehearsal, improvisation, discussion, preparation, process, and the wider influence of Samuel Beckett.

The schema for presenting David Gothard's personal archive of Beckett at the Riverside is by artist Jess Wiesner.

Participants include: David Toop/David Gothard/Stephen Vaughan/Patrick O'Kane/Shaun McDowell/Gaby Agis/Andrew Chesher/Tristram Powell/Darlek/David Ryan/Daniel Devlin/ Frank Sidebottom/Adrian Shaw/plus guests


Special Events

*for more details please go to EVENTS

Shaun McDowell: Sucking Stones Drawing Lines

Friday 24th March

A Rehearsal of Pablo Bronstein's Plaza Minuet
(Performances: 7th-8th April as part of the Tate Triennial 2006)
organised for CHELSEA space by Adrian Shaw

Wednesday 5th April

Words and Music
John Edwards, Bass
David Ryan, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet

Tuesday 11th April 5.15 pm

Followed at 6.30pm
John Tilbury - Beckett as Music

David Toop - Considering Embers
David Toop Flute and Laptop computer
Phil Durrant Laptop computer
Stefano Tedesco Vibraphone

Wednesday 19th-Thursday 20th April

Gaby Agis and Florence Peake - Night Studio

Tuesday 25th April 2006 1.30 - 5.30pm

Adrian Shaw - Ping

Wednesday 26th April 1pm - 2pm

Frank Sidebottom and the Dalek

Thursday 27th April. 3pm and Teatime (5pm)

Acting, Eating, Reading, Drinking, Meeting

Friday 28th April