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Successful Beckett festival draws to a close

Published: 28 Aug 2012 12:07

The inaugural Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival has drawn to a close with the festival director declaring that it had been "more than he could have hoped for".

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The inaugural Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival has drawn to a close with the festival director declaring that it had been "more than he could have hoped for".

Sean Doran said that Happy Days' success was more like a festival in its third year, rather than its first.

As many as 70 extra seats had to be brought in to accommodate the audience for the final concert featuring Ruby Philogene at Castle Coole.

Mr. Doran also pointed to the success of morning concerts that attracted 400-500 people.

There were many highlights including internationally acclaimed theatre director and actor Robert Wilson's production of Krapp's Last Tape at the Ardhowen Theatre and Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake's performance of Schubert's Winterreise at St. Macartin's Cathedral.

The festival opened at the Ardhowen Theatre with author Edna O'Brien in conversation with William Crawley.

Enniskillen actor Adrian Dunbar returned to his home town to take part in events and American actor and singer David Soul was also in the county town to take part in the festival.

Celebrating Samuel Beckett's interest in sport -- Beckett was part of the Portora Royal School first XV which played Campbell College in the Schools' Cup final in 1923 -- a match was played at Enniskillen Rugby Club for the Muckball Cup.

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