Daniel Foley, an actor, writer and director from Performance Exchange London presented “Dinner with Beckett” at the Mercure Vientiane Hotel in Vientiane Capital last Friday night, Oct 7, 2016.
His performance, “Dinner with Beckett”, was about Samuel Beckett, the Nobel Prize winning Irish author of Endgame, Waiting for Godot, Not I, Footfalls, Malone Dies, etc.
Daniel Foley trained for the stage at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he won the Percival Steeds Prize and Royal Lyceum Awards.
In 1992, he studied Wayang Kulit in East Java with the great Park Suleman. In Japan, he has trained with Yoh Izumo.
Foley has appeared in more than 200 stage productions and has performed on every continent and 73 countries around the globe.
With performance exchange over 100 stage productions and tours to 37 countries including European Arts Festival Berlin, London Int. Fest. of Theatre, Shakespeare Festival Cologne and many more.
He performed “Shakespeare For Dummies” at the Mercure Vientiane Hotel in Vientiane Capital in early 2010 and in 2016.
Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director and poet who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French.
He is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his writing, which in new forms for the novel and drama – in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation”.
Friday’s event was attended by British Ambassador to Laos Hugh Evans, his spouse, Singapore Ambassador Dominic Goh and Vice-President of Lao Journalist Association Somsanouk Mixay.
“This was the first time that I had an opportunity to see a Daniel Foley show in Vientiane, although I know he is a famous person in Europe,” said Vice President of the Lao Rugby Federation, Mrs Souk Prasay Sithimolada.