When Robert Gogan completed his one-man show about James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’, entitled ‘Strolling Through Ulysses’, he decided that there was no better way to perform it than on a nationwide tour of the bookshops and bookclubs of Ireland.
The tour started with two special performances in the famous Swenys Chemist on Lincoln Place in Dublin, one of the many places visited by Leopold Bloom on Bloomsday - June 16th 1904. He has also performed it recently for a book club in south Dublin and also in the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar and a host of other book shops throughout Leinster. He was delighted to perform in the iconic Joyce’s Tower, Sandycove on February 2nd last (the anniversary of Joyce’s birthday, and also of the publication of Ulysses) to a packed chamber.
Now Robert Gogan will be performing his show in John Butler’s Bookworm Bookshop in Thurles on April 30th at 7pm. Tickets are priced at €10. Please contact 0504 22257 for reservations - advisable to book as places will be limited.
‘Strolling Through Ulysses’ is a 75-minute lighthearted whistle-stop tour through Joyce’s famous novel, highlighting the fun, action and characters of the book. The show is humorous, entertaining and informative and scattered with extracts from ‘Ulysses’ which best illustrate the various aspects of Joyce’s writing - the comical, the descriptive and the complex.
“It’s a non-academic, humorous crash course on Ulysses,” Robert Gogan explains, “and it is a little bit bawdy, certainly irreverent, but also great fun! I have a life-long interest in Joyce’s work, particularly ‘Ulysses’ and I’m really enjoying this nationwide Bookshop tour. Bookshops themselves are very intimate settings and the bookshelves, full of books, make an excellent stage set. The reaction from audiences to date has been amazing and very positive”.