May 12 Sun | 8pm

Main Stage

May 13 Mon | 8pm

Main Stage

Gare St Lazare Players Ireland


by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett
With Conor Lovett

First Love premiered in 2008 in Ireland and has toured around the world ever since.

The tragic-comic short story First Love is a favourite among Beckett fans: A man tells the story of his encounter with a woman on a park bench. His attempts to escape the growing love lead to his moving in with her – the ideal combination of comedy and tragedy. First Love is nearly the perfect short story.

Gare St Lazare Players Ireland are internationally regarded to be among the finest exponents of Beckett’s work and have toured to over 80 cities worldwide.  They last appeared at English Theatre Berlin in 2001 with Molloy and Malone Dies.

Conor Lovett deserves his reputation as one of the greatest Beckett actors of our time. His timing and manner is perfect as he switches between humor, confusion, genuine joy, apathy and shocking moments of anger or despair. He creates a character who is the finest balance between hateful and abhorrent and charming and sympathetic. His lilting Irish accent is the ideal vehicle to deliver Beckett’s words, lending both humor and pathos to the narrative. He and director Judy Hegarty Lovett have staged a play that is so simple that it’s almost overwhelming.”  The Australian Stage