Welcome to The Questors Theatre in Ealing, London

Here you can watch new and popular plays every week. We deliver a full season of professional-quality productions - and provide a performance venue for touring theatre companies.

Anyone can get involved - become a Questors member and take part in everything from acting and directing to lighting, front of house and stage design.

We also deliver theatre training for all ages - find out about our Academy and Youth Theatre.

There's lots of reasons to discover The Questors:

  • You'll enjoy our theatre. We perform in our own high-quality theatre venue - with our 350-seat Judi Dench Playhouse and 90-seat Studio theatre.
  • You'll enjoy our plays. Every year we stage a season of 15-20 plays, from modern dramas and comedies to classics of British and world theatre.
  • You'll enjoy our high quality. We're a member of the Society of Independent Theatres and one of the biggest drama groups in London.
  • You'll enjoy our friendliness. Our front of house team are all Questors members, and our Grapevine bar features in the Good Beer Guide and was recognised by CAMRA.

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Samuel Beckett: A Beginner's Guide to the Father of Absurdism

01 Jul - 22 Jul 17 | The Questors Theatre

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett: A Beginner's Guide to the Father of Absurdism

Course Tutor: Dan Martin

Explore the strange and darkly funny world of Samuel Beckett

A four week workshop running on Saturday evenings this July

Runs on four Saturdays: 1, 8, 15 and 22 July; 8-10pm each week


The author of Waiting for Godot, Beckett has had a huge influence on theatre since the Second World War. A key figure in the ‘Theatre of Absurd’, his works are often a tragicomic take on the human condition.

Through analysis and performance of his most important plays, participants will get a greater understanding of the father of absurdism. You’ll learn to understand and unlock the humour and hope that underpins his canon of work.

Of course, to understand Beckett is to perform Beckett, so all sessions will place emphasis on practical application. Each week we’ll perform and direct specific scenes from each play – as part of a framework for exploring how the style of Beckett's work differs so greatly from other forms of theatre.  

This short course is will help enrich any actor or director's experience. It’ll be a fantastic introduction to the playwright for anyone interested in theatre and performance.

Week 1

Waiting for Godot – we’ll look at why Beckett’s famous creation was once voted the most significant play of the 20th Century. 

Week 2

Combining metaphor with an absurdist message, Beckett’s Endgame will be the focus.

Week 3

We’ll delve into Beckett's multi-disciplinary work, exploring his pieces for radio as well as his physical comedies. We’ll analyse Beckett’s Rough for Radio I, All that Fall, and Act Without Words I & I.

Week 4

Course participants get the opportunity to perform or direct one of Beckett's shorter pieces and present it to the group. Suggested plays for performance will be: What Where, Rough for Theatre I, Rockaby, and That Time.

About the tutor

Dan Martin, better known by his professional name, Dan Dawes, is an actor, director and playwright.  He is a qualified Drama and English teacher, a graduate of Cambridge University and a former Questors trustee.

In 2016 Dan founded the theatre company 'Idle Discourse’ – recent productions include The Chainsaw Manicure at the Tabard Theatre in 2017 and Steel Tumbleweed at The Courtyard Theatre in 2016.

Dan’s acting credits include: Journey's End, Robin Hood, Rapunzel, The Taming of the Shrew, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Revenger's Tragedy.

His directing credits include: The Chainsaw Manicure, Richard II, Pericles, Macbeth, Woyzeck and Twelfth Night.


Advance booking is essential. To book your place contact Jane Mason on 020 8567 0011 or email jane@questors.org.uk 
£32 for Questors Members or £42 for non-members. Contact Jane Mason on 020 8567 0011 or email jane@questors.org.uk

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Four Saturdays: 1, 8, 15 and 22 July; 8-10pm each week

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