Riverrun, at the Adelaide Festival

Nature of event: Performance and discussion of genesis of riverrun, a one-woman show interpreting the role of the River in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake,  and at the end of the season, a discussion between the creator, Olwen Fouére and Professor Ronán McDonald.

Where: Adelaide Festival and University of Adelaide, respectively.

When: The show runs at the Dustan Playhouse 26 Feb. (various times) until 2 March; the interview on 4 March @ 5.30pm

Cost: Various

Further information: 

Two forthcoming events at the Adelaide Festival of Arts which you might


not want to miss are Olwen Fouéré’s celebrated performance of her interpretation of Finnegans Wake, and following the season, Professor Ronán McDonald, who teaches Irish Studies at the University of New South Wales, will interview her about the genesis of the work.

The advertising for the Adelaide Festival describes the show thus:

This extraordinary performance is less an adaptation of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake than an hour spent happily adrift within it. Possessed by an unearthly energy, Fouéré transforms Joyce’s prose into an undulating soundscape, inhabiting the voice of Anna Livia Plurabelle, the river’s personification. And while the adaptation of such a formidable text sounds ambitious, this one-woman show is as humorous as it is exhilarating.

Olwen Fouéré is an actor and creative artist across many disciplines including mainstream theatre and film. She has received numerous national and international awards for her work over the years. Most recently she received the Herald Archangel award (Edinburgh Festivals 2014) and the Irish Times Special Tribute Award 2013 for her outstanding contribution to Irish Theatre.

riverrun can be seen at the Dunstan Playhouse from 26 February to 2 March as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts 2015.

 Interview between Fouéré and McDonald

The River of Lives

Olwen Fouéré on the genesis of riverrun from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake

Presented by the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations in collaboration with the Hawke Research Institute,TheEmergencyRoom and Galway International Arts Festival in association with Cusack Projects Limited

Wednesday 4 March 2015
5.30 for 6.00pm

Kerry Packer Civic Gallery
Hawke Building – Level 3
City West Campus, University of Adelaide, 55 North Terrace

Olwen Fouéré, one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers, talks about her acclaimed new adaptation of the voice of the river in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.  A force of constant renewal, the river Life (Liffey/Anna Livia Plurabelle) generates a powerful transformative energy as she dissolves into the great ocean of time. Fouéré’s unique approach to Joyce’s extraordinary ‘sound-dance’ becomes a universal call to wake up, surrender the past and confront the betrayals that might lie at the heart of our histories.

Olwen Fouéré will appear in discussion with Professor Ronan McDonald, Director of the Global Irish Studies Centre, UNSW.



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