Readings - The Work Of Samuel Beckett

Monthly Readings Of Incisive Subversive Writing

Sun 27 May 2018

Readings - The Work Of Samuel Beckett

A Cockpit Production


Peter Marinker and friends present incisive, subversive writing from every era.

Readings and discussion of the most disruptive, from the most informed, for the most discerning. Work from Beckett to Homer and back again - a word to the wise.

Listen to plays,  poetry,  prose, and letters. Followed by an open discussion, in the comfortable Cockpit bar or upstairs in Studio 1.

With Peter Marinker – Director, Bookshop Theatre


Sundays - 7:30pm


In October we began a new season focusing on the extensive works of Samuel Beckett.

We began with Samuel Beckett’s FROM AN ABANDONED WORK published by Calder in his 1978 collection SIX RESIDUA, and are continuing through the year looking at both little and well known work with plays, poetry, letters and rough work for radio.

“Although the readings from Dante, Shakespeare and Kafka among others were wonderful evenings, it’s great to be back with Sam.” - Peter Marinker


*We have rescheduled the READINGS that we had to cancel last month due to a pesky flood*



Volume 3 of The Letters of Samuel Beckett covers 1957 to 1965 and reveals the author striving to find a balance between the demands put upon him by his growing international fame, and his need for the peace and silence from which new writing might emerge.

Where hitherto he has been reticent about the process of composition, now he devotes letter after letter to describing his work in progress. And for the first time Beckett has a woman as his chief correspondent; in the intense and abundant letters to Barbara Bray is to be found one of the excitements of this volume.

Here is the most reticent of twentieth-century writers... revealing himself in letter after letter as warm, playful, unfailingly polite even at his most vituperative and scatological, irreverent but never cynical, and, above all, a brilliant stylist whose learning is without the slightest pretension or preciosity.— Marjorie Perloff, Bookforum

Read by Michael Howarth and Peter Marinker, these were originally performed Sunday 13th December 2015 and introduced by Editor and French translator George Craig, who we hope will be able to join us once again.

Season Dates

29th October 2017 - From an Abandoned Work

26th November 2017 - Returning to Godot        
28th January 2018  - Embers, Enough    
25th February 2018 - Roughs for Radio 1&2      
25th March 2018 - Beckett’s Poetry          
22nd April 2018  27th May - Beckett's Letters.    


Please note: Readings will often be in Studio 1. Access is via a broad spiral staircase and is not wheelchair accessible or suitable for people who have difficulty with stairs.

If this is a problem please write to thebookshoptheatre [at] gmail [dot] com (subject: Mapping%20Beckett)