The actor on Blackadder, the Women’s prize for fiction – and why she’ll be reading Samuel Beckett in a boat on Lough ErneYou’re about to appear at the Samuel Beckett festival in Enniskillen. What are you performing?I’m doing a monologue called Enough, and I’m going to read it at 7am in a boat to Tully Castle on Lough Erne. The organisers said: “It might be too early for you…” And I said: “No! It sounds great.” I’m not sure what state I’ll be in, but it will probably be slightly surreal.The line-up for the festival includes Frank Skinner, Clive James and a film performance by Julianne Moore. What does this mix of performers say about the appeal of Beckett?That he covers humanity and he’s exciting. I don’t think he’s overdone either, which is terrific. A number of pieces are repeated with good reason – they’re fantastic – but there are other things in the canon that are worth looking at. I love doing new or unvisited stuff; often there’s baggage that comes with the other pieces.Hasn’t that been a feature throughout your career: do you prefer new or little-known writing to classic texts?What happens as you go on in your …read more

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