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The Arts Council Playography Na Gaeilge


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  • Playwright

    Samuel Beckett 

  • Notes

    First presented in German under the title 'Spiel'.

  • Synopsis

    Three urns stand on the stage. From each, a head protrudes – a man and two women. The play tells the story of a love triangle, and each character narrates a bitter history and their role in it. On the stage, each head is provoked into speech by an spotlight.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    14 June 1963

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at the Ulmer Theatre, Ulm-Donau, Germany.

Original Cast  
w1 First Woman Nancy Illig
w2 Second Woman Sigrid Pfeiffer
m Man Gerhard Winter
Production Team  
Produced by Deryk Mendel

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Estate of Samuel Beckett

  • Address

    c/o Curtis Brown Haymarket House, 28/29 Haymarket,
    London SW1Y 4SP

  • Phone

    + 44 (0) 20 7396 6600

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published playscript and other printed material.