The "fizzles" are eight short prose pieces written by Samuel Beckett: Fizzle 1 Fizzle 2 Fizzle 3 Afar a Bird Fizzle 4 Fizzle 5 Fizzle 6 Fizzle 7 Still Fizzle 8 For to end yet againSome fizzles are unnamed and are identified by their numbers or first few words, which appear above in brackets. Except for Still, which he wrote in English, Beckett wrote the rest in French and translated them into English later. Hardback and paperback English versions were published by Grove Press; the fizzles are included in Grove's collection The Complete Short Prose 1929-1989. In 1976, a French version, Pour finir encore et autres foirades, was published by Editions de Minuit and another English version by Calder Publications; because Beckett felt that the order of presentation was unimportant, each of the three publishers adopted a different one. However, the order chosen by Grove Press, in which they appear above, has become standard. In 1972, Vera Lindsay, working as an editor at Petersburg Press, conceived of a collaboration of Beckett with Jasper Johns.

In 1973, Johns met Beckett in Paris, where they agreed to work together on a version of Fizzles, with the understanding that Beckett would translate his French texts into English. Because Beckett gave Johns free rein to design the book, he decided to include only five fizzles, but in both languages. In order of appearance, Johns chose fizzles: 2, 5, 1, 6, 4. In Paris, Johns made etchings with the aid of Aldo Crommelynck, they used a variety of intaglio techniques. In addition, end papers, designed by Johns, were printed as four-color lithographs by William Law at Petersburg Press. Johns took much of the imagery from his painting Untitled 1972, but he created numerals that introduce the fizzles and a "table of contents", which incorporates stenciled letters from his repertoire. In 1976, Petersburg Press published the resulting artist's book under the title Foirades/Fizzles, in an edition of 250 copies, signed by both creators. In 1977, shortly after it was published, the book was exhibited, from October 11 to November 20, at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Since it has appeared in numerous shows, including the landmark Museum of Modern Art exhibit: A Century of Artists’ Books, which ran from October 23, 1994 to January 24, 1995. The exhibit catalog includes an essay, Artists’ Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000, whose authors and Stein, referring to Foirades/Fizzles, state: This cerebral volume that provokes more questions than it answers is considered one of the greatest artist's books of the second half of the twentieth century; the fizzles have had a significant impact, not only on literature, but on music and the visual and performing arts. They have been the subject of scholarly works, academic theses. Fizzles has inspired theatrical performances. So has the artist's book, which has inspired modern paintings; the English composer and musician Barry Guy released in 1993 his interpretation on the eponymous CD Fizzles playing chamber bass and double bass. His ordering of pieces is as follows: 1 Free Fall 6:32 2 Fil Rouge 2:33 3 Hilibili Meets...

The Brush 10:45 4 Five Fizzles 10:40 5 Invention - The Bird Of Infinity 8:18 6 Afar 2:50 7... But The Clouds... 5:54 8 Tout Rouge 2:59 9 Still 8:09 10 Toujours Rouge 1:46 11 She Took The Sacred Rattle And Used It. On June 15, 2012, Spitalfields Music presented the world premier of Old Earth. Sets for this production were designed by Lucy Wilkinson, it was directed by Jonathan Holmes, Beckett's words were spoken by Alan Howard; the score was written by Alec Roth and performed by The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers

Tara Bethan

Tara Bethan Williams is a Welsh actress and presenter. Daughter of professional footballer and wrestler Orig Williams, Bethan was brought up in Llansannan and Rhyl. From a young age, Bethan danced and performed in the Eisteddfod, she was educated at Aled Primary School in Ysgol Glan Clwyd. She graduated with honours from Ivor Novello - Redroofs Theatre School, where she won "Most Promising Performer of the Year", she won the National Eisteddfod's Gwobr Goffa Wilbert Lloyd Roberts when it was held in Llanbedrgoch in 1999. She became the youngest member of the Gorsedd of Bards at Newport Eisteddfod at the age of 20. Bethan began appearing on stage in north Wales from a young age, appearing in plays such as Cinderella, Jack And The Beanstalk and Peter Karrie Unmasked at the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl and the Three Bears at the Empire Theatre in Sunderland, My Fair Lady at the Royal Ascot Pavilion and Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs at the City of Varieties Theatre in Leeds. In 2004, she appeared as Laura in the series Emyn Roc a Rol and had a role as temptress Kelly in Footballer's Wives in a 90-minute special.

Her debut album Does Neb yn fy Nabod features her own, eight compositions by Gwenno Dafydd and Heulwen Thomas, released on the Sain Records label. In 2006, she was presenter of Mama Mia, she appeared in I'd Do Anything in 2008 and was voted out by Andrew Lloyd Webber after she performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". She had a role as a cowgirl in Cymru Fach and appeared in Rownd a Rownd. Bethan did a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. in 2013. Bethan appeared in Bugsy Malone at the Queen's Theatre in London with the National Youth Music Theatre, she appeared in the Welsh language soap opera Pobol Y Cwm from 2011 to 2016 and again from 2018 to 2019. From 2018, Bethan has been one of three main Welsh judges on the panel of Junior Eurovision: Chwilio am Seren, a singing competition organised by Rondo Media and broadcast on S4C, to select an entrant aged 9 to 14 to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, representing Wales. Tara Bethan on IMDb