BURNT PIANO

by Justin Fleming

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BURNT PIANO

by Justin Fleming

"It is a work of considerable authority and distinction. The play has real texture and contains an amazingly successful portrait of Beckett.”" - Harold Pinter, 4 April 2001

Karen Idlewild had two young sons. One died in a fire, the other, Jonah, survived in unusual circumstances. On a visit to Paris, and against the instinctive warnings of her father, Karen takes Jonah on a bizarre quest to meet Samuel Beckett, a writer whose philosophy she admires, and who, she is sure, can explain her tragedy in terms she can accept.

To meet the famous man is no easy mission, as he is vigorously protected from such people by his wife, Suzanne, and others.

Ultimately, it is the 9 year old Jonah, bold and unaccompanied, who finally urges the reluctant, ailing old Beckett to speak.

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