A selection of Samuel Beckett’s Texts For Nothing
Conceived and performed by Lisa Dwan

‘Where would I go, if I could go, who would I be, if I could be, what would I say, if I had a voice, who says this, saying it’s me?’

A lone figure. A voice searching in the dark for who it is and why it speaks. Lisa Dwan offers a searing personal and political vision of his most original work: Texts for Nothing.

Filled with piercing insight, rage, wit and humour, No’s Knife is an extraordinary journey into the heart of Beckett, unlocking his contemporary relevance to gender, identity and the human condition. It is an invitation to look at ourselves, and to ask who, or whom, am I?

The Old Vic presents the world premiere of No’s Knife. Conceived and performed by Lisa Dwan and co-directed with The Old Vic’s Season 2 Baylis Director Joe Murphy.

Watch our video: an interview with Lisa Dwan and Joe Murphy on No’s Knife.


Thu 29 Sep – Sat 15 Oct 2016
(Previews Thu 29 Sep – Sat 1 Oct)

Mon – Sat 7pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm

Evening performances start at 7pm
Latecomers will not be admitted

[No matinee performance on Sat 1 Oct]
Running time: 70 minutes with no interval

Captioned Performance: Fri 14 Oct 7pm
Audio Described Performance: Wed 12 Oct 7pm, touch tour 6pm

TICKETS: £10, £15, £20, £35
For information regarding Premium Seats please call the box office
VIP tickets available which include a programme and a drink.


VOICES OFF talks & debates:

If I Had a Voice – Sat 8 Oct, 5-6pm

Lisa Dwan in Conversation – Thu 13 Oct, 8.15-9pm

For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres – we appreciate your patience and understanding while these are taking place.

No’s Knife was developed and performed as part of the White Light Festival 2015 presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Supported by The Ireland Funds, Great Britain.

This is a marathon – a feat of memory, dedication and courage – a triumph for Lisa Dwan and Joe Murphy, her co-director.

, The Observer

Lisa Dwan’s No’s Knife is vintage Beckett

, The Telegraph

a remarkably vigorous feat of vocal virtuosity

, The Independent

She is astonishing, conjuring a multitude of voices, and finding a way of making these difficult words live and compel as part of a stage performance.

, WhatsOnStage

one of the most extraordinary and musical speakers ever to have hit the stage

, The Arts Desk

Cast Members

Creative Team