All the world’s a stage… / one man in his time plays many parts / His acts being seven – William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II, Scene vii.
The Seven Ages of Joyce, a biographical play with music, ranges widely over Joyce’s fiction, and adds dollops of burlesque and lashings of his humane (and satiric) comedy. It gives a full account of his life from birth to death and draws from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake. It will appeal to Joyce novices and aficionados alike.
As well as the performance, Bloomsday in Melbourne will be holding a seminar, The Obstetrician and the Psychiatrist Examine Joyce’s Ulysses (with Dr James King and Dr Jo Beatson respectively) on 16 June at 3.30pm. In addition, there will be free readings on 12 & 13 June at 1.00pm. Join the Bloomsday players in the gallery at fortyfivedownstairs for expert readings of Joyce, to hone your ears for Bloomsday. Bloomsday 2013: Celebrating 20 years of Bloomsdays in Melbourne.
Images by Mairéid Sullivan.