A week-long celebration
of works of and inspired by James Joyce
through readings, performances and talks,
the centerpiece of which will be a production of
by Tom Stoppard, directed by Lynne Parker.
Curated by the leading theatre company, this celebration of Joyce will be centred around a new production of Travesties by Tom Stoppard which will be staged in the Pavilion Theatre Dún Laoghaire from 7- 23 June.
During Bloomsweek (11 – 16 June) Rough Magic will present a series of additional events to celebrate the work of James Joyce. These will include readings from Joyce’s works, interviews and talks with noted writers and academics, and performances inspired by and based on Joyce’s writings. The events will run daily at 1.15pm and 6.15pm at the Pavilion Theatre (full festival details to be announced in the coming weeks).
Lynne Parker will direct and design the set for Travesties, with costume design by Bláithín Sheerin and lighting design by Sinead McKenna. The cast will include Will Irvine (as Henry Carr), Ciaran O’Brien (as Tristan Tzara) Ronan Leahy (as James Joyce), Peter Daly (as Lenin), Jody O’Neill (as Cecily), Camille Ross (as Gwendolen), Philip Judge (as Bennett) and Anne Gill (as Nadya).
Best-known as the author of the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love and the plays Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Arcadia, Stoppard is at his “diabolically clever” best in this absurdly funny masterpiece featuring James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and artist Tristan Tzara.
Travesties – Zurich, 1917: exiles take refuge from the Great War in neutral Switzerland. Joyce is writing Ulysses and Lenin is planning a revolution. Stoppard creates a brilliant fantasia around the real-life incident of Joyce deciding to stage Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
“A tinder-box of a play blazing with wit, irony, and yes, ideas.
It is exhilarating, diabolically clever.” Time
Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
9- 23 June at 8pm
Previews 7 & 8 June at 8pm / Matinees 16 & 23 June at 3pm
Box office: (01) 231 2929 / www.paviliontheatre.ie
Tickets for the festival events and readings will be €5 each. Discounts will apply. Festival passes will be available (full details to be announced in the coming weeks).
Rough Magic is funded by the Arts Council. Rough Magic also receives financial support from Dublin City Council, Culture Ireland and its many patrons.
Joyce in June/Travesties is supported by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland and Dublin Bus. Lyric FM is the official radio partner. Joyce in June is presented in co-operation with Ireland Literature Exchange.
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