09.03.2018 | 20:00 | Akademietheater Wien
Endgame (French Fin de partie, English Endgame)
is a drama by Samuel Beckett from the year 1956. The French original was translated into English by the author himself. The premiere of the one-act opera was on April 3, 1957 at the Royal Court Theater in London, as initially ventured no theater at the play in Paris, although Beckett was already established for Godot as a playwright after the success of his first stage work waiting.
Beckett`s Endgame is a drama in one act in an empty and dark room -. Open only two small windows high up in the background the view outside - there are the blind and paralyzed Hamm, sitting on a provided with rolls chair because he did not can stand. Beside him stands his servant on stiff legs, Clov, whom Hamm has accepted `like a son` and who, too, can only walk with difficulty, but in no case can sit. Hamm`s parents, Nagg and Nell, are legless and vegetate in two garbage cans. The world outside the room is apparently `dead`, the four people may be the only survivors of a global disaster.
The relationship between servant and master, between Clov and Hamm, is characterized by mutual aversion. Clov hates Hamm and want to leave him, but he obeyed his instructions ( `Do this, do that, and I tu`s. I never refuse. Why?`) And does not bring the strength to leave his tyrant. Because if he leaves Hamm, he has to die because Clov is the only survivor who can look after him. But - and this is the dramatic suspense of this tragedy - Clov would then die, because Hamm belong to the rest of the food and only he knows `how the pantry opens`. Clov is tormented with this dilemma. Hamm, on the other hand, is afflicted by guilt. He could have given food to many people. Now the supplies that he has made to the side in good time come to an end, just as the world or what is left of it comes to an end: `Something is taking its course`.
Hamm looks confused and neglected. Blind and defiant, he insists that Clov pushes his wheelchair meticulously into the center of the room. He is taught the world only through the eyes of Clov. He looks with the telescope through the two windows on the left and right into the outside world and gives a lecture on what he perceives: on the one side land, on the other side sea - `everything is out`.
Hamm`s parents have lost their legs in a bicycle accident. The son despises his `damned producers,` just as they despise him. Nell, the mother, encourages Clov to go away secretly, knowing that this would mean her death as well. The words of Nagg, the father, betray his relationship with Hamm: `Who did you call when you were little and were afraid at night? Your mother? No. Me! We made you scream. Then we put you far away to sleep ... I hope to live so long that I hear you calling me as you used to when you were little and scared at night, and when I was your only one Hope was. `In fact, at the end of the piece, Hamm repeatedly calls out` Father, `initially wanting to have` the damned producer `and his mother` dumped `like garbage.
Finally Hamm surrenders to his fate and accepts the inevitable: `It`s over, Clov, we`re finished. I do not need you anymore. `In a final monologue, he gives in to his memories and self-pity. Clov is waiting, ready to leave, but does not leave.