July 31, 2014
The ‘Holy Theatre’
As it always happened with his performances, his sole presence on the stage, even if he was still and silent, irradiated a special magnetism, which forced the viewers to concentrate their attention on his figure. When he started to say his lines, the whole audience would be captivated by his voice, which filled every corner of the theatre. The whole unfolding of the character was so natural and fluid, that he brought all the anguish and harshness, but also the humour, characteristic of Beckett’s poetic world, to the here-and-now of the stage.
Even if he was going through a dusk moment regarding his age and health, Alcón confirmed with his Hamm those magical and mysterious features that were proved once and again throughout his long thespian career. This giant of an actor had what it takes to deliver those stage moments that Peter Brook defined as “Holy Theatre”: “The Theatre of the Invisible-Made-Visible: the notion that the stage is a place where the invisible can appear has a deep hold on our thoughts.”