Offshore IndustryJanuary 19, 2011
The offshore oil and gas and oilfield service industries appear to be playing the roles of Vladimir and Estragon, the two lead characters in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The play deals with two days in the lives of these gentlemen who are awaiting the arrival of an acquaintance who they admit they hardly know and probably might not recognize when he arrives. Godot never does come, which forces the two men to fill their waiting time. While waiting they eat, sleep, talk, argue, sing, play games, exercise, swap hats, and contemplate suicide – anything “to hold the terrible silence at bay.” It sure sounds like the actions of the domestic offshore industry both during and after the offshore deepwater drilling moratorium.
Godot never does come, which forces the two men to fill their waiting time
The play was voted “the most significant English language play of the 20th century.” It was written during the winter of 1948-1949 and had its initial performance in January 1953. It is often described as an absurdist play and its script has led to much discussion about the hidden meanings behind the storyline. One drama critic wrote about Mr. Beckett and his play that it “has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. What’s more, since the second act is a subtly different reprise of the first, he has written a play in which nothing happens, twice.” That description seems an appropriate characterization of the Gulf of Mexico offshore petroleum business for the past six months.