Bloomsday in Melbourne’s 21st Festival

Ulysses, fast and slow in 2014

Ulysses, fast and slow in 2014

Nature of Event: The annual Bloomsday in Melbourne’s James Joyce festival occurs between 11-16 June and comprises four main events:

  • a Play, Ulysses Prestissimo, directed by Wayne Pearn – a high-octane, vaudeville-inspired comedy, an original adaptation for theatre of Ulysses;
  • a Seminar, Ulysses Lento, in which Dr. Steve Carey and Mr Philip Harvey will discuss the pleasures of reading Ulysses slowly;
  • and a Dinner with Entertainment at the White Rabbit Restaurant


  • a Lecture: ‘Who Says Ulysses is too difficult to read: A guide for the perplexed novice reader of James Joyce’s masterpiece’ at Brighton Library (18 May)


  • Ulysses Prestissimo plays nightly Wed. 11- Monday 16 June at 8pm, and also Sunday 15 June at 2.30pm;
  • Seminar is 16 June only at 3.00pm;
  • Dinner (with entertainment) is 16 June only, at 5.30pm-6.00- 7.30pm.

You can do all three events on Monday 16 June, but places are filling fast.

  • Lecture is on Sunday 18 May at 2.00 – 4.00pm.


  • PLAY: Brighton Theatre Company, Brighton Arts and Cultural Centre, Wilson St., Brighton.
  • SEMINAR: Brighton Arts and Cultural Centre, Wilson St., Brighton.
  • DINNER: The White Rabbit restaurant, 118 Church St., Brighton
  • LECTURE: Brighton Library, Wilson St., Brighton.

Note: All venues are within easy walking distance. The White Rabbit is about 5-10 minutes walk from the Theatre/Seminar venues.


  • Play: $30 full; $25 earlybird (before 31 May); health cards and student-card holders $20.
  • Seminar: $20 full; $15 health and student card holders.
  • Dinner: $45 for two courses.
  • Lecture: $5