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Intermedial embodiments
Company SJ’s staging of Beckett’s Company
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This chapter analyses the 2018 performance of Beckett’s novel Company directed by Sarah Jane Scaife with Company SJ. This production is particularly interesting in relation to adaptation for performance, as it created an intermedial dialogue between the original textual medium of the work and its theatrical performance through voice-over and the projection of phrases from the novel onto the back of the stage. Moreover, the live actor, Raymond Keane, was doubled not only by a voice-over but also by a sculptural figure, which enabled the ontological instabilities and layers of creature/creator in Beckett’s text to be presented on stage. Company SJ’s Company is therefore an apt case study for exploring how intermedial scenography can potentially challenge the association of live performance with the presence of the actor and the material space of the stage, forging new performance languages and embodiments that address our contemporary digital age.

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