Come & Go
Notes on this work
The only play of any kind that I've ever directed is Come & Go, which I put on at Wolverhampton School of Art in 1970. I left it as enigmatic as I found it. Wolverhampton is a town designed by Samuel Beckett. I used the phrase 'Come & Go' as a title for a series of pictures relating to people on park benches in postcards [produced by the Arnolfini Gallery Bristol. cf Works and Texts to 1974, p. 154].
Beckett writes about people in hells, but they are not hells like Dante's, which has no hope. After the boiling of the miserable bowl there is a hard and irreducible speck of optimism: this is what makes Beckett for me a joyful author.
Work and Texts (1992), pp. 192-193
The Portrait Works (1989), p. 50-51