On Thursday, April 30th the Simon Ryan Theatre in the Tipperary Excel will host James Joyce’s ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’, prior to the production commencing an overseas tour.
This critically-acclaimed and sell-out piece will be performed by the New Theatre, Dublin and in conjunction with Richard Ryan Productions.
In his iconic novel and masterpiece adapted for stage, James Joyce signalled his need to escape the nets he claimed Ireland would trap him in - religion and nationalism. Joyce sought to fly “above these nets”.
Unique among his contemporaries he laid claim for the artist’s freedom from such temporal concerns to “forge the uncreated conscience of his race”.
Thus began his life-long task of sketching the universal human condition he had observed around him in Dublin in the real lives of ordinary people.
In the course of ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’, which covered the first decades of his life, we see him creating his own individual aesthetic, as opposed to the dictates of the church. Joyce is already aware of the beginnings of new European writers such as Ibsen and leaves Ireland to live mostly in poverty, but at liberty to seek nourishment from other cultures. The novel, eventually published in 1916, contains some of the most dramatic scenes in modern literature.
Admission is priced at €15 (€12 concession). Tickets are expected to sell fast for this one-night-only performance. Please call the box office on 062 80520. Curtains up at 8pm.