Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre Arts


This thesis is a recreation of the process of directing Waiting for Godot. It is a practical approach dealing with the co-ordination of all aspects of the production as experienced by this director. The technique and theories involved in the production are reviewed herein and related to the actual process of directing the play. This thesis is intended to be useful to directors or those interested in the process, rather than the theory of directing.

Included in the thesis are a theoretical approach to Waiting for Godot, the directorial philosophy employed in the production, and an analysis of the success of the production. The production utilized a contrast of the comic elements with the tragedy of the play. Both aspects ivere presented with the idea of relating them to the audience and their own lives. My primarily intuitive approach to the play was preceded by a careful analysis of the play to provide a sound base upon which to build. The performances were the result of combining my interpretation with that of the actors and adjusting during rehearsals to what seemed more effective.

In my opinion, the production was successful although there were areas that definitely needed improving. The actors combined the comic and tragic well, but they needed more rehearsal time to polish the performance.