it’s finished, nearly finished, it must be nearly finished.” Not, the words you
generally expect to hear at the start of a play, but arguably the first proof
of the dark, gallows humour which Samuel Beckett’s “a play in one act” provides
– although it’s fair to say that on the occasion Chris Gascoyne, as the
put-upon servant Clov, has already engendered quite a few laughs before he
first speaks, thanks to his unbalanced, heavy-footed lumbering across the stage,
and his gratuitously repetitive use of a stepladder to reach and pull back the
curtains from the small windows above the action...