Dissident Voices

Celebrating Writers. LIVE ONLINE

Sat 24 Apr 2021 to Sat 26 Jun 2021

Dissident Voices

This event is part of: 

Produced and presented by The Cockpit with Peter Marinker and Kristin Milward

A monthly program of readings giving voice to dissident writers, past and present. In collaboration with PEN International. 

When we can, we will host these evenings in Studio 1
Otherwise they will be broadcast online.

Beckett’s Outbursts - Saturday 24 April 2021 at 7pm - Online Broadcast

In his novels and shorter prose texts the author explores the macro and micro of the modern human condition: Ever increasing Power for the wealthy and Impotence for the ever increasing poor.  He uses exaggeration, humour and insight to highlight the absurd inequities of uncontrolled procreation.( Bans on abortion or contraception issued by Church, Synagogue or Mosque). This was the norm in Catholic Ireland in Beckett’s time and still, in ours, it continues to be the norm among some of the poorest people on the planet. He avoided political messages but his compassion for the suffering around him was intense.  When the poor clown bumps his head we roar with laughter partly because it isn’t our head that gets bumped.

John Calder, who published many of these texts, wrote:  "Samuel Beckett is considered by many to be, possibly, the Shakespeare of the 20th century. Outbursts is a compilation of excerpts from WATT, COMPANY, THE UNNAMABLE and MOLLOY.

Virginiq Byron - Rachel McCain in Proud (LOST). Member of John Calder’s Godot Company: Beckett’s “Not I”( No1 Irish Tour) ”Play & Catastrophe” (Traverse, Edinburgh), Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Fiona in How The Other Half Loves, Elizabeth in The Late Edwina Black, Sheila in Suddenly at Home (Devonshire Park and The Ashcroft, Croydon), Beth in Landscape, Gertrude in Hamlet (Finborough) Lady Virette in Dr Who BBC online adventures/Children in Need. Film: I’ll Walk with God. Woodfalls.

Paola Dionisotti - Repertory Theatre in (Leicester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Watford, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Nottingham) In the West End, London:  Royal Court Young Vic, the NT the RSC and the Actors Company.
Alternative’ theatre: with Nancy Meckler’s Freehold Theatre Company, Stephen Berkoff’s London Theatre Group, Monstrous Regiment, Katie Mitchell’s Classics On A Shoestring, and at the Almost Free, the King’s Head, the Bush, the Gate, the Oval, the Tricycle, the Arcola. London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress, playing Mill in Further Than The Furthest Thing.

Peter Marinker was performing Beckett’s poetry in the west of Ireland for publisher, John Calder in 2002 when they decided to form The Godot Company. He has twice a played Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Mr. Rooney in All That Fall at BAC, A Piece of Monologue at the Traverse, Edinburgh. Other theatre roles include: Hickey in O’Neil’s The Iceman Cometh, The Man in Edward Bond’s Have I None and Ragman in Howard Barker’s Seduction of Almighty God. Recently he played Augustus John in Portraits by William Douglas Hume. Film work includes Flight 93, Love Actually, Event Horizon, Judge Dredd, and The Emerald Forest. On radio apart from many plays his poetry readings have been heard on Poetry Please, Night Waves, Words and Music and With Great Pleasure.  Peter grew up in the west coast of Canada where he first heard Kenneth Patchen and Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading their work in a jazz setting. He and the renowned bassist, Peter Ind, first met at the 606 and FURTHER SONGS OF EXPERIENCE was the result of their experiments with poetry and jazz. He worked with film director John Boorman as dialogue director and coach on Emerald Forest and The Tailor of Panama.

Coming Up:

Saturday 25 June 2021 at 7pm - All about Eve - a feminist look at Milton’s Paradise Lost thanks to Marilyn French.

Please donate if you can. Your money goes to fund work - interesting, energetic, passionate theatre and music, which The Cockpit continues collaborating on - not just pay the standing charges on the phone bill. 50% of donations from this series will help promote literature and protect writers at risk through the work of PEN International too. Thank you!


PEN International

PEN International was founded in 1921. PEN was one of the world’s first international non-governmental organisations acknowledged by the United Nations and among the first international bodies advocating for human rights, particularly freedom of expression. From one founding Centre in London, PEN’s network of more than 140 Centres is now rooted in over 100 countries.

This year, PEN marks 100 years of delivering its mission. From its founding by writer and peace activist Catherine Dawson Scott in the wake of war through to the present day, PEN's goal remains the same: to foster tolerance and dialogue across cultures, languages and political affiliations, within and between nations. PEN is a voice for writers silenced in their own countries.

PEN is a worldwide voluntary movement and international charity that connects writers, human rights defenders, and community groups. For the past century, PEN International has successfully worked to celebrate literature, defend freedom of expression, protect writers at risk, support writers in exile, repeal attacks on women writers, and promote equal rights for language communities.

If you would like to learn more about PEN’s work, please do visit their website here. You can support writers globally by donating here too. Thank you for making a difference!

·         Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Every year on 15 November, the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, PEN International calls for urgent international action to protect writers and journalists across the globe, who increasingly find themselves targeted for their peaceful free expression work. https://pen-international.org/protecting-writers-at-risk/day-of-the-impr...

·         Creative Witnesses brings together musicians and creative artists in support of writers who have been imprisoned, harassed, or put at risk because of their commitment to freedom of expression. https://pen-international.org/creative-witnesses-take-action-for-writers...
·         The PEN Award for Freedom of Expression is given in recognitions of writers’ significant contribution to freedom of expression around the world and as a distinction to writers and journalists committed to free speech despite the danger to their own lives. In 2021, The PEN Award for Freedom of Expression was awarded to award winning Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga. the https://pen-international.org/news/tsitsi-dangarembga-wins-the-pen-award...

Full price: £5