The Truth about Goats
Literary scholars have discovered a long forgotten text from the Nobel prize-winner, in which he describes an austerity-ridden landscape, filled with hapless characters stuck in a limbo of indicative votes. Although, there is some debate as to whether the working title was ‘Waiting for Brexit’, ‘Tory Endgame’ or ‘May’s Last Krapp’.
The play opens with two oafish tramps, Grayling and Gove, waiting for Bojo to get off his ‘fat arse’ and challenge Theresa May. They talk about the bleakness of human existence and how they can make it worse. In true tragic-comic style Grayling tries to commit suicide; the comedy coming from his failure – the tragedy also coming from his failure.
Typical of many of Beckett’s works, it starts in French, gets translated to English and then ends with a series of Irish puns involving the word ‘backstop’. Throughout the play characters explore the meaningless of life and the meaningless of meaningful votes.
In the final act Gavin Williamson, Liam Fox and Dominic Raab are stuck in three man-size urns – although, this is not a metaphor, they are just that clumsy. Critic Martin Esslin had described the work as classic ‘Theatre of the Absurd’, although most audiences agree that it is a French Farce ‘but without the French’.