THE HAPPY DAYS EFFIE* AWARDS Enniskillen Footfalls of International Entertainers

Footfalls is the name of a Samuel Beckett play. Footfalls descending on Enniskillen is what the new Beckett Festival is seeking to bring to the town on an annual basis each summer starting this August Bank Holiday weekend.

To help bring the town into the spirit of Beckett, the man and work, the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival is launching a fun set of awards for:

1. Best Beckett Shop Window

2. Best Beckett Menu

3. Best Beckett Hairdresser & Haircut

The winners of each category will receive a limited edition sculpture of a footprint of a chosen festival artist. The footfall sculpture will be fired in white clay by Fermanagh ceramicist Ann McNulty.

The 3 winners will be selected by Happy Days Team and announced at the end of the festival.

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 23rd-27th August 2012 Box Office Tel: +44 (0) 28 66322658EDITOR’S NOTES

* The award name Effie also recalls Beckett’s favourite novel Effie Briest by Theodore Fontane (published 1895) which is referred to in his major plays Krapp’s Last Tape and All That Fall, two of the leading plays presented at the 2012 Happy Days Festival.

Competition judging criteria are characteristics that echo’s Beckett’s writing and themes – wit, playfulness, pared back/economy, humour, irony.

1. The Best Beckett Window Award can be for any shop, business or domestic window.

2. The Best Beckett Menu needs to be derived from any set of ingredients found in Beckett’s plays, prose and poems. A list of these ingredients can be found on the festival website.

3. The Best Beckett Hairdresser Haircut. See Festival website for Beckett haircut styles from the 1920s to 1980s. Send through the photo of your haircut to

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Samuel Beckett Food Ingredients
The Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival is launching a competition for the restaurant or cafe which provides the Best Beckett Menu 2012. We invite local restaurants and cafes to use these ingredients listed below, in their menus during the month of August and especially during the Festival week from 23rd-27th August. The winner will be the restaurant or cafe that provide the most innovative and committed response to the Beckett ingredients. We encourage all restaurants to be as creative as possible in their menus which may relate to Beckett’s work, his influence, his schooldays, his biography and the Happy Days Festival itself. Happy cooking!

Carrots (Waiting for Godot)

Biscuit (Endgame)

Eggs (Endgame)

Hamm (A character in Endgame)

Clov (A character in Endgame)

Lobster (Dante and the Lobster)

Blancmange (All That Fall)

Hake (All That Fall)

Pale Ale (All That Fall)

Green Tea (Play)

Olives (Play)

Bananas (Krapp’s Last Tape)

Gooseberries (Krapp’s Last Tape)

Radishes (Waiting for Godot)

Chicken (Waiting for Godot)

Wine (Waiting for Godot)

Turnips (Waiting for Godot)


Sugar Plum/ Bonbons (Endgame)

Turkish Delight (Endgame)

Gobstopper (All That Fall)

Bread (Waiting for Godot)

Tarragon (Estragon is a character in Waiting for Godot and this word’s English translation from French is tarragon)


Pig (Waiting for Godot)

Fish Bones (Waiting for Godot)


Samuel Beckett Haircuts

The Schoolboy Swagger…

Samuel Barclay Beckett attended Portora Royal School, Enniskillen from 1920-23. At Portora, Beckett excelled at Cricket and Rugby, representing the school in both sports. In 1923, he helped the school’s 1st XV reach the Ulster Schools Cup Final. As a scrum half he was known to be ‘Blind without his spectacles, but bold as a lion behind the scrum.’ Beckett was renowned as a fine batsman for the school’s 1st XI and is the only Nobel Laureate to have their name in Wisden. Beckett famously orchestrated a dinner time Sing-Song with around 90 Portorans, which reduced the teacher in charge Thomas Tackaberry to tears.






The Sophisticated Student…

After Portora, Beckett studied French and Italian at Trinity College Dublin, where he finished First in his class, winning the Gold medal for Modern Literature in 1927.

 Beckett returned to Trinity in 1959 to receive an Honorary Doctorate.

Today the University honours him with the Samuel Beckett Theatre on the main campus and the annual Samuel Beckett Summer School which runs in July.







Beckett in the Early 1930s

Cool, calm collective. Beckett spent much of the 1930s in between Dublin, Germany and Paris. It was when he showed early signs of his writing career. In the 1930s Beckett wrote his novels and stories Dream of Fair to Middling Women, More Pricks Than Kicks and Murphy. This was prior to his involvement in the French Resistance during World War II, for which he was awarded Croix de Guerre and the Médaille de la Résistance by the French government.


Beckett in 1950s

The 1950s was when Beckett’s career really kicked off. On 3rd January 1953, arguably Beckett’s most important play Waiting for Godot, premiered at the small Théâtre de Babylone, Paris. This play in which ‘nothing happens, twice’ changed the face of contemporary drama. Godot was voted, in the National Theatre London’s Poll, as the most significant English Language play of the Twentieth Century. 







A Man of Mode…

After the success of Godot, Beckett continued his work in the theatre with key plays in the 1950s and 1960s such as Endgame, Krapp’s Last Tape, Happy Days and Play. In 1969, Beckett was honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature…and to think 46 years before he was educated in Enniskillen!








Gel it like Beckett?

Beckett’s distinctive facial features have added to his reputation as a literary icon. This photo demonstrates his iconic look and ability to gel his hair. Does he gel it better than Beckham? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter-@HappyDaysEnnisk. Also feel free to post your Beckett Haircut on our Facebook page.






Out of bed look?

Even the greatest playwright in the world had days when he was happy with the out of bed look.

Samuel Beckett died in Paris at 1pm on Friday 22nd December 1989. He wrote for an array of mediums, including theatre, prose, poetry, film, television and radio.  His last stage play was What Where in 1983.


Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 23rd-27th August 2012 Box Office Tel: +44 (0) 28 66322658