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Ulysses (theatre)

Dermot Bolger
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This new version of Dermot Bolger’s 1994 adaptation of Ulysses (originally called A Dublin Bloom) was staged in 2012, to mark Joyce’s work coming into the public domain, by The Tron Theatre, Glasgow in in association with the Project Art Centre, Dublin and the Everyman Palace, Cork. It was directed by Andy Arnold, with Muireann Kelly as Molly and Jean-Paul an Cauwelaert as Bloom. It also starred Stephen ClydeMichael Dylan,Maeve FitzgeraldMary MurrayPaul Riley and Grant Smeaton, with a set design by Charlotte Lane.

'I am a fool perhaps. Boylan gets the plums and I the plum stones. My youth. Never again. Gibraltar. Evenings like this looking out over the sea, she told me, but clear, no clouds. Said she always thought she'd marry a lord or a gentleman with a private yacht. Why me?'

While his wife Molly waits in bed for the infamous Blazes Boylan, Leopold Bloom is in Dublin conversing in pubs, graveyards, press rooms, brothels... and then home. Adapted for stage by celebrated author and Dublin chronicler Dermot Bolger, Ulysses is bawdy, hilarious and affecting, and celebrates Joyce's genius for depicting life in all its profundity.

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