Similar to the formal experimentation of Play, That Time, written in English between 1974 and 1975, intercuts three monologues from three separate periods of time in the experience of one character. Only the Listener’s face, surrounded by a shock of white hair, is visible. He is bombarded with three voices representing three different times in his past. Each voice, ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ recall separate stories. The pattern is precise, with each voice speaking four times during the course of each of three scenes, all of which are marked off by silences. The first and second scenes offer precise parallel patterns; the third offers a pattern repeated three times. Time and visions of nothingness burden each voice. At the end, the isolated head smiles at the prospect of happiness.
‘That time you went back that last time to look was the ruin still there where you hid as a child that last time straight off the ferry …’
– That Time
Running time: 20 minutes
The Beckett on Film project includes all 19 plays of Samuel Beckett, considered the most significant Irish playwright of the 20th century. Many of these outstanding filmed productions have received critical acclaim at prestigious international film festivals around the world including New York, Toronto and Venice.
Charles Garrad’s sculptural and environmental work, which has been shown all around the world, is concerned with time, memory, the atmospheric qualities of places and the significance of objects. His direction credits include Time Passing, a six-part series for BBC 2. As a designer he has worked on many films, including The Serpent’s Kiss, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain and two films in the Beckett on Film project: Waiting for Godot and Act Without Words I. TV drama credits include the award-winning series Amongst Women.
‘The choice of camera movements and the changes in picture size are subjective responses to the text. Audiences have said that they were able to see the thoughts in [the Listener’s] mind as they watched, and I hope this is the reaction that we have managed to provoke with the film.’
– Charles Garrad
Niall Buggy has won many awards for his theatre work, including an Irish Theatre Best Actor award for Uncle Vanya and an Olivier Best Comic Actor award for Dead Funny. His films include The Butcher Boy, Sweeney Todd, Close My Eyesand The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne.