Juliet Fraser: to and fro in shadow - Beckett | Feldman

Fri 11 - Sun 13 June, 9pm

Part of Summer at Snape

In 1976 Beckett and Feldman met in Berlin. Feldman was pursuing Beckett for an original text: he came away from their lunch with something scrawled on one of his manuscripts that begins ‘to and fro in shadow...’. Their meeting is framed in time by the works presented here. Not I (1972) is a rapid torrent of spoken words; Three Voices (1982) is a slowly shifting tapestry of often wordless song. Soprano Juliet Fraser takes on the sprint and the marathon, the dark and the light, the self and the unself.

Image above, and detail at the top of the page:
Philip Guston
Painting No. 9, 1952
Oil on canvas
48¼ x 60¼ in. / 122.6 x 153.0 cm
© The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth


Juliet Fraser voice 
James Macdonald director 
Lee Curran lighting design 
Newton Armstrong sound design 
Tariq Rifaat production manager 
Heather Cryan stage manager 

Samuel Beckett
Not I (14′ – Please note this is performed in total blackout.)  
Morton Feldman
Three Voices (53′)


Performed with an interval. Event length: approx. 90 minutes.
Please note: As per Beckett’s instructions, Not I is performed in total blackout, with
a single beam of light illuminating the performer’s mouth. 

Tickets for these events go on sale at 10am on Saturday 15 May. 


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  • Reduced capacity in the Concert Hall, with socially distant seating.
  • Shorter performances with no interval.
  • Audience members will need to wear face-coverings (unless they are exempt as per the Government’s guidelines).
  • No printed material – no tickets, programmes, or programme notes.
  • Clear signs and helpful staff to make your visit straightforward.
  • Regular and thorough cleaning, with hand sanitiser for you.

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