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How It Is (Part Two)

Samuel Beckett

Directed and Designed by
Judy Hegarty Lovett

Performed by
Stephen Dillane & Conor Lovett

Music composed and performed by
Mel Mercier and The Irish Gamelan Orchestra with guest musicians Nick Roth and Claudia Schwab

Produced by
Gare St Lazare Ireland and The Coronet Theatre in association with The Everyman (Cork).


★★★★★ 'Gare St Lazare have certainly brought the wow factor to Beckett … (and) deserve to be congratulated, and cherished, for their uncompromising artistic vision.' - Irish Examiner

'A high recommendation – it’s a beautiful piece of work.' - Helen Meany (RTÉ Radio Ireland)

Director/designer Judy Hegarty Lovett with actors Stephen Dillane and Conor Lovett, and sound designer/composer Mel Mercier return to The Coronet Theatre joined by the Irish Gamelan Orchestra featuring soloists Nick Roth (saxophone) and Claudia Schwab (violin), with the UK premiere of the second tranche of Beckett’s tripartite novel, How It Is, following the success of Part One in 2018.

How It Is (Part One) saw an unnamed narrator recount a journey in mud and darkness towards a fellow traveller, Pim, repeating his life as he heard it uttered by another voice. In Part Two he has joined Pim, and violence seems the only way to make sense of his bizarre predicament.

Gare St Lazare Ireland has an international reputation for excellence. For over 20 years, joint artistic directors Judy Hegarty Lovett and Conor Lovett have explored Samuel Beckett’s work, paying particular attention to works not written for the stage. They continue their three-part adaptation of Beckett’s masterpiece How It Is, engaging once more with The Coronet Theatre’s auditorium and with the gleaming instruments of The Irish Gamelan Orchestra led by composer Mel Mercier and featuring soloists Nick Roth (saxophone) and Claudia Schwab (violin).

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Additional Information


Wed 15 April – Sat 02 May 7:30pm

Main Auditorium

Unreserved Seating




£20 previews (15-16 April)
£30 standard

£15 schools
Concessions available


  • Performer
    Stephen Dillane
  • Performer
    Conor Lovett
  • Music and Composer
    Mel Mercier and The Irish Gamelan Orchestra

Creative team

  • Director and Designer
    Judy Hegarty Lovett
  • Designer
    Simon Bennison
  • Design Transfer Consultant
    Ferdia Murphy
  • Producer
    Maura O’Keeffe

Additional Information

Supported by the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation

Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland.

London transfer supported by Culture Ireland.