Digital Manuscript ProjectKrapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande
 Pallid face. Purple nose. Disordered grey hair. Unshaven.
 Very near sighted (but unspectacled) and hard of hearing.
 Cracked voice, peculiar accent.
  At centre of table a tape-recorder
., with microphone. On its right a number
of cardboard boxes containing recorded tapes.[0019|001]
To On its left
thick worn ledger.
 Table and immediately adjacent area in strong white light.
 Rest of stage in darkness.
sits remains a moment motionless, then looks at his watch,
feels fumbles in his waistcoat pockets, takes out an envelope, puts it
feels fumbles, takes out a small bunch of keys, raises them to½ to
his eyes, choses a key, gets up and moves to front of table.
 He stoops, unlocks a drawer, peers into it, feels about inside,
it , takes out a reel, peers at it, puts it back, locks it ag closes and locks it drawer, unlocks the other, peers
inside, into it, feels about inside, takes out a large banana, [⁁]
holds it up high between finger & thumb closes and locks drawer, puts keys back in his pocket. He
turns, advances to edge of stage, halts, [⁁] caresses banana, peels
banana [⁁] it, drops
skin a skin, puts the end of the banana in his mouth and
a moment motionless, staring vacuously before him.
He Finally he bites off the end,
turns aside and begins pacing up and down at edge of stage, in
'e. not more than four or five paces either way, eating
and meditating meditatively. He treads on skin, slips, nearly falls,
erecovers himself, pushes skin with his stoops and peers at skin
and finally pushes it, still stooping, with his foot over the
edge of stage into pit.
 He resumes his pacing, finishes the ba-
nana, returns to table, sits down, remains a moment motionless, takes keys from his pocket, raises them
to his eyes, choses key,
unlocks wr gets up, moves to front of table, as before with both drawers,
takes out a second banana, holds it up high between finger and thumb closes and locks drawer
s, puts keys
back in his pocket, turns and advances to edge of stage, halts, caresses banana peels it,
banana, puts skin in his pocket, puts end of banana in his mouth
and remains motionless, staring vacuously before him
[⁁] the edge now off his appetite x He has an
idea, drops banana at his feet, turns and goes backstage into
darkness. Ten seconds. Loud pop of cork.
Ten Fifteen seconds. He comes
back into light carrying an old ledger and sits down at table.
He He lays ledger on table, wipes his mouth,
wipes his hands on his waistcoat, brings them smartly together
and rubs them.
KRAPP'S LAST TAPE
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande module © 2015 Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project.
Editors: Dirk Van Hulle and Vincent Neyt