Gare St Lazare Ireland - How It Is by Samuel Beckett Part 2 at The Everyman 3-7 Sept


A stage rendition of Beckett’s novel by Gare St Lazare

How It Is (Part 2) is a co-production with The Coronet Theatre (London) in association with The Everyman.

Following the success of How It Is (Part 1), nominated at the Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Production and Best Actor (Stephen Dillane) and Winner of Best Soundscape (Mel Mercier) and Best Lighting (Kris Stone), developed over 3 years as Artists in Residence at The Everyman, Cork’s own Beckett specialists return with Part 2 of this towering novel.

A man lies in the mud, in the dark. He repeats his life as he hears it, uttered by a voice, telling how it was. Memories surface, of life above in the light, but whose memories? Whose life?

Samuel Beckett’s 1963 novel How It Is continues to delight readers and confound scholars.  With How It Is (Part 2) director Judy Hegarty Lovett and actor Conor Lovett continue their collaboration with composer/sound designer Mel Mercier and actor Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones/The Crown).

Joined by The Irish Gamelan Orchestra and singer Mark Padmore, Gare St Lazare offers a new way to access Beckett while placing the beautiful The Everyman theatre centre-stage.





Directed and designed by Judy Hegarty Lovett

Text performed by Conor Lovett and Stephen Dillane

Music composed by Mel Mercier with the Irish Gamelan Orchestra

Music performed by Mel Mercier, the Irish Gamelan Orchestra, Mark Padmore, Nick Roth and Claudia Schwab

Lighting designed by Mick Hurley

Produced by Maura O’Keeffe

Photo by Ros Kavanagh


Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland’s ‘Arts Grant Funding’

Supported by Vermont Coffee Company and Flynn Hotels Ireland.

The Everyman in partnership with Cork City Council and the Arts Council, is delighted that Gare St Lazare Ireland will be Artists in Residence for 2017/2018.  This is the company’s third year in residency.

Pictured – Artistic Director of The Everyman, Julie Kelleher and Joint Artistic Directors of Gare St Lazare, Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett. Picture Darragh Kane

An Irish theatre company GSLI is dedicated to connecting their international reputation for excellence back to its home city of Cork.  Over the past two years the residency base in The Everyman has offered the company’s joint artistic directors – Judy Hegarty Lovett and Conor Lovett – the opportunity to consolidate their roots. In addition to developing new work for the stage, they have hosted public conversations, opened their rehearsals to local audiences and artists and provided mentoring, knowledge sharing and masterclasses to young theatre makers.




Since creating Gare St Lazare Ireland in 1998, director Judy Hegarty Lovett and actor Conor Lovett have performed Samuel Beckett’s work in Ireland and across the globe; Their annual tours and coproduction partnerships include Lincoln Center, New York, and venues in Boston, California and London.

Leading exponents of Samuel Beckett’s work with a particular emphasis on his prose and novels Gare St Lazare’s exquisite perfomances continue to enthrall audiences worldwide.

Join Gare St Lazare on Tue 3 – Sat 7 Sept, 7.30

Date and Time | TUE 3 - SAT 7 SEPT, 7.30PM | PREVIEWS TUE 3 & WED 4, 7.30PM

Price | €22 | Concession €18 | Students €15 | Preview €15