Staged on a chessboard for chesspieces and two players

winner of:
Special Prize Ubu
National Italian Award of Critics
Special Jury Award Mess Festival Sarajevo
Brave New World Prize for Direction

Teatrino Giullare production
Scene and figures Cicuska
Masks De Marchi Brothers
Directed and played by Teatrino Giullare

Hamm is a king in this chess game lost from the start.
Now at the last he makes a few senseless moves as only a bad player would make.
A good one would have given up long ago.
He is only trying to delay the inevitable end.
Samuel Beckett


One of the most succesfull italian show of these years performed a lot of time all over the world and winner of many prizes and awards.
This is game of chess in which actor-players move the chesspieces and chesspiece-characters bring to life one of the most meaningful and enigmatic plays of the 20th century. The play is a challenge, an orchestrated series of attacks and counterattacks, a sparring match with pauses, moments of introspection, sighs and withdrawals. Beckett’s masterpiece is seen through a series of possible moves made by two chesspieces and the dramatic tension and participation of the two players. Hamm is a static, blind chesspiece. Clov, who is also close to blindness and immobility, tires himself out moving all over the board without ever being able to sit down and while trying to find a way out. Nagg and Nell are off-the-board chesspieces, half-enclosed in dustbins. The affinity between the text and the game of chess had been declared by Beckett himself and Endgame is he third and last part of the match. This final phase is characterized by the small number of surviving chesspieces and the fact that the king is no longer just a figure to be defended but also becomes an attacker.
Senselessness, misery and humanity are revealed tragic-comically.


Legendary show.
Franco Quadri, La Repubblica

A real discovery. original and worrying show.
Renato Palazzi Il Sole 24 ore

A very original look with great ideas
Alfonso Carvajal, El Tiempo (Colombia)

Striking and new,extremely painstaking and coherent
Claudia Cannella, Corriere Della Sera

 One of the most brilliant shows of this summer, a performance which would be appreciated by Beckett himself. Don’t lose it.
Renato Palazzi, Delteatro.it
Fresh and sophisticated.
Gianni Manzella, Il Manifesto
Phenomenal, touching.
Massimo Marino, Corriere della Sera/Corriere di Bologna

In this extraordinary performance you can find all the power and the tension of Beckett’s words
Patrizia Bologna, Primafila

A real rarity. […] A fresh and charming version.
Clelia Del Ponte, Il Gazzettino

Magic charm creation
Valeria Ottolenghi La Gazzetta di Parma

Two great actors in a magical ritual movements.
Nicanor J. Cardenosa, Yo Dona (Spain)

Thrilling originality, cleanliness, persuasion.
Roberto Canziani, Hystrio

Beckett on a pure state, geometrically visionary.
Raffaella Grassi, Il Secolo XIX

Original and very skilled actors.
Clara Rubbi, Corriere Mercantile

Evocative and masterfully played.
Alberto Fornasier, Teatro.org

An original idea for the re-creation of this work. Julio Castro, La Republica Cultural (Spain)
Amazing […] The show is a continuous  rhytm of words and moves and sighs in a touching plaintive sound, with great sense of theatre.
Mario Bianchi, Eolo
A poetic and hypnotic performance, full of ideas and visions.
Valeria Ravera, Hystrio
A masterly transposition.
Tommaso Chimenti, Portale Giovani Teatro


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