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Issue No. 2098

Endgame, seen as one of Samuel Beckett’s most important plays, tells the story of Hamm, an ageing wheelchair-bound master, and Clov, his servant.

The play has no beginning, middle or end, giving a sense of life as static and unchanging.

Hamm and Clov are engaged in continual fighting but are mutually dependent – Clov wants to leave but never seems able to do so.

The play gives a sense of actions being carried out in a ritualistic manner and it seems that neither character can envisage a future any different to the present.

Despite the gloomy emptiness of the play, it retains its moments of humour.

As Hamm’s mother puts it, “There’s nothing funnier than unhappiness.”

Endgame by Samuel Beckett
Everyman, Liverpool
Until 3 May

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Tue 22 Apr 2008, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2098
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