Samuel Beckett

Happy Days

Sfumato Theatre Laboratory (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Translated by Antonia Parcheva

Studio Performance in the Main Hall
1h 20' without intermission

Svetlana Yancheva, Rashko Mladenov

All the lofty dreams of the 20th century theater – from Antonin Artaud's yearning for the "destruction of appearances" to Peter Brook's "total theater" to Heiner Müller's "play with realities as subversion" – are embodied and happened in the dramaturgy of Samuel Beckett. His poetic "theatre machines" – both humans and fallen angels, trapped in their existential traps – buried in the earth; living in garbage cans or in cylinders – are a replica of the martyrs of Dante's "Hell". Only punished without sin. Sentenced to live.

Beckett's theater can be called a cruel theater, a theater of the inevitable. Theater for the loser, "thrown" into existence, doomed to "eternal today".

Man, taken in his pure identity with the unanswered questions, the inflamed consciousness, powerless to untie the insoluble knots between his passing life and the all-pervading death. The things and the nothing.

The mouth as if gone mad, the tongue as a response to the absurd human being, broken by pauses during which it is seen - what?!

Pain as modus vivendi; as salvation from emptiness. The other as the only support.

Among the gallery of Beckett's clowns, a special place is occupied by the two "happy ones" - Winnie and Willy.

Winnie, similar to the universal soul in Chekhov's “The Seagull”, does not know "who she is and what awaits her," but she has taken in "all life, all life, all life" and bears its heavy blessing as a miracle to which she is responsible. Like a precious cup overflowing, not a drop of which should be wasted. No whine, no murmur.

There is hope in the hidden meaning of you – just being alive. Because "it could have been the eternal cold", without you.

Through her brave "something always remains" shines through Beckett's great pity for the anonymous human being and his wonder at that which "helps us live with our wounds." Nevertheless. So far.

Margarita Mladenova

Directed by Margarita Mladenova

Set and costume design Nikola Toromanov

Music: Hristo Namliev