Theatre: Between the lines
`Samuel Beckett's Happy Days reminds the actress and comedian Rebecca Front of university and other unavoidably grim aspects of life
Happy Days has meant a lot to me since that first reading. It's about an old woman losing control of her life, trying to impose rituals on her existence as a terrible way of getting on top of things again. Even as a student, that seemed a very comprehensible thing. Add to that the fact that I'm claustrophobic (I'll never take the Tube or get in a lift) and a complete control freak, and you can see the appeal. Above all, Happy Days always reminds me of the rehearsal process: the way you go over and over the words time and time again; the way you think you have control but never do.
n Rebecca Front is in Stephen Sondheim's `Company' at the Albery, London WC2 (0171-369 1730)
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