Bloomsday’s 2016 Festival: Celebrating the Centenary of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
‘Exotic, patriotic, chaotic, erotic and hypnotic’ –Pearn
To mark the centenary of its publication in 1916, Bloomsday in Melbourne (now in its 23rd year) celebrates James Joyce’s most popular and user-friendly novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, with an original adaptation for the stage, directed by Wayne Pearn.
Joyce was only 22 when he began Portrait, and it took him even longer to compose this short and compelling work than it did to create the masterpiece that is Ulysses. His first attempt was hurled into the fire; the final version provoked epic battles with censors and publishers. The Joyce who wrote about his past self was both intimate with, and comically critical of, the process of Stephen’s emancipation – from family, church, nation, his own language, and the literary tradition he inherited. Matt Dorning is Stephen Dedalus, a rebel without a pause, a rebel with a cause. Pearn describes him as ‘coltish, challenging, full of sturm und drang, and very funny’. Can Stephen realize his exhilarating (over-reaching?) ambition to fly free, and make the world afresh, to live in a different relationship to his body, his society, knowledge itself, and his art. Was ever adolescence so earnest, and so absurd?
Alongside the play and amplifying it, is the seminar, and an opportunity to kick back over dinner with the Bloomsday community. Both seminar and dinner are at Papa Goose restaurant. (see Bloomsday in Melbourne website)
When: The play, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, runs from Wed 15th – Sat 18th June 2016 at 8 pm and at 3 pm on Sunday 19th June.
Where: fortyfivedownstairs (Theatre), 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost: $25-38. Concessions for health-card and students $33. Limited Earlybird tickets until sold out, $33. Groups of 6 or more attract a discount.
Bookings: Online or by phoning the theatre on 03 9662 9966.