Based on the bizarre true story of James Joyce’s 1917 Zurich production of The Importance of Being Earnest, and celebrated as one of Tom Stoppard’s greatest comedies, Travesties puts Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and Tristan Tzara together. Directed by Jennifer Sarah Dean, Travesties is being staged as part of the Bloomsday in Melbourne festivities. Performances continue until June 23. To book, click here.
In Melbourne, Bloomsday will be celebrated with a seminar and lunch at the Swiss Club in Flinders Lane.
The seminar will be chaired by Australian polymath, writer, teacher, lawyer, social activist, quiz champion and former politician Barry Jones and feature eminent speakers Dr Ronán McDonald, Gerry Higgins Chair of Irish Studies at the University of Melbourne, and Dr Steve Carey.
Dr McDonald, a Dubliner, will present a paper entitled The Consecration of Ulysses: National or Universal? in which he will examine how Joyce’s groundbreaking novel gained its status as one of the great works of the 20th century. Dr Carey will speak about Joyce’s time in Zurich in 1917 during the First World War when he was writing Ulysses.
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A group of Irish and Australian actors and musicians will celebrate Bloomsday at the State Library of New South Wales. Performers for the evening include journalist and broadcaster Daniel Browning, Áine De Paor, Awaye, harpist Clíona Molins, Brendan O’Reilly and members of the Aisteoirí Theatre Company. Tickets $10. For bookings, click here.