On Thursday 11 and Friday 12 February we premiere The Journey Between Us at Southwark Playhouse. Four short stories will be read be acclaimed actress Lisa Dwan, interspersed with music from Samantha Fernando.
Ahead of next week, we wanted to introduce you to her life and work.
Lisa Dwan is a producer, performer and director originally from Ireland. Having trained in the UK as a ballet dancer, including dancing with Rudolf Nureyev in Coppelia in Dublin, she began acting professionally in her teens.
She has worked extensively in theatre, film and television, both internationally and in her native Ireland. Most recently she performed her own sell out adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s Text for Nothing entitled NO’s Knife at the Lincoln Centre in New York last autumn. She has also toured all over the world to great audience and critical acclaim in the Beckett Trilogy of Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby. She has been hailed as “a Beckett prodigy” (New York Times), with Ben Brantley noting that “Ms. Dwan… is an instrument of Beckett, in the way saints and martyrs are said to be instruments of God”.
She was coached by Billie Whitelaw and has collaborated with Walter Asmus since 2012. Originating at the Royal Court Theatre in London, the Beckett Trilogy’s engagements include the Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, West End, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Perth Festival, Paris, Hong Kong and Toronto, with an upcoming United States tour including a return to New York.
Film credits include An Afterthought directed by Matteo Bernardini, Oliver Twist, John Boorman’s The Tailor of Panama and Bhopal – A Prayer for Rain. In 2012, she adapted, produced and performed the critically acclaimed one-woman play Beside the Sea at Southbank Centre and on tour, and starred in Goran Bregovic’s new music drama, Margot, Diary of an Unhappy Queen at the Barbican. Recent theatre credits also include Ramin Gray’s production of Illusions by Ivan Viripaev at the Bush Theatre and Dear Bessie: Letters Live with Benedict Cumberbatch (Hay Festival and West End).
Dwan writes, presents, lectures and teaches regularly on theatre, culture and Beckett (BBC radio and television, NPR, the Guardian, the Telegraph, École Normale Supérieure, Princeton University and Trinity College Dublin).
Here is one of her acclaimed performances of Samuel Beckett: