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Krapp’s Last Tape with Go On

A double bill of one act plays by Samuel Beckett and Linda McLean
Krapp’s Last Tape with Go On

This production takes place at the Tron Theatre (63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB)

Everyone talks to themselves…don’t they?  This thought-provoking double bill takes things one step further and explores what happens when you dare to interact with previous and future versions of yourself.

In Samuel Beckett’s seminal Krapp’s Last Tape, an older man reflects on his youth. Sitting alone on his 69th birthday, Krapp (Niall Buggy) listens to a recording of his younger self, rewinding through his life with humour and heartache. 

In Go On, Jane (Maureen Beattie) considers how an AI replacement might allow her to exist in the future. Sitting in her sleek kitchen, Jane teaches Jayne the essentials of her life, and the loves and losses that have shaped her.

Inspired by Beckett’s iconic work, Go On is the world premiere of a new play by one of Scotland’s most important voices, Linda McLean. Together, these stripped-back and intimate productions offer a raw and emotional experience that speaks to our own sense of mortality with a wry, dark humour.

Two leading actors of their generation, Niall Buggy and Maureen Beattie are directed by Dominic Hill, renowned for his “talent for classical drama which is genuinely world class.” (Daily Telegraph).

Krapp’s Last Tape is presented in association with Leeds Playhouse. 


Behind the scenes of Go On with Linda McLean

Audience reactions

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    9 Oct2.30pm Audio Described Captioned
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  • Cast & Creative Team


    Niall Buggy Krapp (Krapp's Last Tape)

    Maureen Beattie Jane/Jayne (Go On)


    Krapp’s Last Tape written by Samuel Beckett

    Go On written by Linda McLean

    Director Dominic Hill

    Lighting Design Stuart Jenkins

    Assistant Director Eilidh Gibson

    Filming for Go On by Urbancroft Films


"an immaculate production by the Citizens’ Dominic Hill that is full of sadness, humanity, and a kind of shivering wonder"
- The Scotsman on on Krapp's Last Tape & Go On

"the method of its creation is sublime"
- The Stage on Krapp's Last Tape & Go On

"After 18 months of closure due to COVID-19, reopening with this double bill, with its themes of loneliness, nostalgia and the human drive to keep creating versions of ourselves, feels uncannily perfect."
- The Skinny on Krapp's Last Tape & Go On

"At just over an hour run time between the two plays, this makes for a short but oh so sweet return to Citizens Theatre productions."
- Broadway World on Krapp's Last Tape & Go On

“Directed by Dominic Hill, Niall Buggy gives a grippingly angry, burnt-out performance punctuated by mirthless snorts of laughter at the vanity and stupidity of his younger self"
- The Times on Krapp's Last Tape at Leeds Playhouse 2020

"In its mixture of worn-down stillness and violent bursts of anguish, it’s a compelling performance."
- The Reviews Hub on Krapp's Last Tape at Leeds Playhouse 2020

“Buggy’s talented portrayal, the timeliness of the piece and the opportunity for soul-searching make this revival well worth your forty minutes.”
- A Younger Theatre on Krapp's Last Tape at Leeds Playhouse 2020


"a double dose of drama with Go On and Krapps Last Tape"

Maureen Beattie caught up with Mark Brown for The National.


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Running Time: 1 hour 5 minutes