New Ulysses show at Whale Theatre for 100th anniversary

The Whale Theatre has announced a brand new show that celebrates 100 years of Ulysses.

Based on James Joyce’s novel, Robert Gogan, the writer, actor and Joycean enthusiast will be performing his one-man show ‘Strolling Through Ulysses’ at the theatre in Greystones.

The performance will be one show only, which will take place on 4 February – two days after the 100th anniversary.

“When I started performing the show first I had no idea if people would be interested,” said Robert Gogan. “I’ve discovered that they certainly are!”

“I suppose one of the reasons is that the show is aimed at people who have never read Ulysses, or have tried to read it and failed.”

Mr Gogan says the show has its “bawdy and irreverent” moments just like Joyce’s book but that it’s also great fun.

He was awarded the Best Actor honour at the Galway Fringe Festival in 2019 for his performance in ‘Strolling Through Ulysses’.

The show has been unofficially certified as 16s and over by Mr Gogan as he explains he includes some of the events in the book where Joyce reduces some “bodily functions of the characters to a very basic and amusing level”.

“I don’t sensationalise these instances, and neither does Joyce in the book, but I do include some of them in the show,” he explains.

Tickets for the show start at €18 and more information can be found on The Whale Theatre’s website.

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