About Lessness


About Lessness

TheEmergencyRoom and Galway International Arts Festival in association with Cusack Projects Limited present


by Samuel Beckett

Grey sky no cloud no sound no stir earth ash grey sand…

We enter a vast desert landscape and glimpse the contours of a small body, standing fixed, amid ruins or refuge.

Olwen Fouéré, a beguiling physical presence with a phenomenal vocal technique, invites you to reflect on the many refractions of this profoundly evocative Beckett text.

Lessness premiered at the Beckett International Season at the Barbican, London in June and was then presented at the Galway International Arts Festival, both in 2015.

Fouéré’s most recent creation, riverrun, an adaptation and performance of the voice of the river from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, was presented to sold out audiences here at Project in 2013 and 2015.

It has also toured to London, Edinburgh, New York, Princeton, Adelaide and Sydney.

Read more about Lessness in The Journal of Beckett Studies below:


5th June -8th June, 2015

Barbican, London, as part of the International Beckett Season 



22nd -26th July, 2015

Galway International Arts Festival 



27th - 30th February, 2016      

Project Arts Centre, Dublin

“An intense hit of Beckett … Fouéré both skewers us with her gaze and seems to be looking into her own soul”
The Guardian


“Fouéré gives every word of Beckett’s 60 sentences considered weight; she turns a venue … into a space for meditation”
Financial Times


“Solace in Beckett’s world without end”
The Irish Times


“Fouéré’s performance is mesmerizing”
Irish Examiner


“a magnificent theatrical achievement”
Sunday Independent