Samuel Beckett ‘How It Is’, page 114
read by Patrick Magee
One-sided 7” single released by J&B Recordings (possibly 1972)
Patrick Magee (1922-1982) recorded several Beckett plays for the BBC in 1957, but this excerpt isn’t included in the 4-CD set of the complete series. I guess this was rather recorded at the time of the Krapp’s Last Tape BBC sessions, 1972, a play Beckett wrote specifically for him and his voice. This single was possibly a gift from Beckett’s publisher John Calder to his readers. During a public reading from ‘How It Is’, possibly during radio show, Magee transforms the chosen page into a study in panting, a race against his own breath.