Bloomsday 2021: Love’s Bitter Mystery

Bloomsday in Melbourne 2021, 15-25 September 2021

COVID Update: Because rehearsals have been severely impacted by Melbourne’s lockdown, this production has been postponed until 15-25 September 2021. Those with tickets will be contacted about new dates. See website for most up-to-date details.

Nature of the Event: Bloomsday in Melbourne returns to live theatre with a new immersive play, Love’s Bitter Mystery: The Year that Made James Joyce written by Joyce buff Steve CareySet in the atmospheric post-gold-boom mansion and gardens at Villa Alba in Kew, the production focuses on a critical year in the young author’s life and how he used episodes in his own life in his novels, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses.

Bloomsday has once again secured Jennifer Sarah Dean of the Melbourne Shakespeare Company as Director. ‘I’m so excited by the setting,’ says Dean. ‘You really feel you’re right there in the room with the young Joyce and his fictional alter ego, Stephen Dedalus, as he experiences some of the most dramatic, formative, moving and intimate events of his young life. We can’t wait to bring it to you!’

The play centres on a crucial period in the young author’s life, 1902-1904, during which Joyce exiles himself from Ireland, travels to Paris, but is called home to spend time with his sick mother, and eventually, on the streets of Dublin and against the odds, meets Nora, the love of his life.

When: 15-25 September, at various times. Audience sizes are small (18) for Covid safety, so please book early to secure your place. The Seminar (on Joyce and the Women) and Annual Dinner will be held on 16 June.

More Information and Booking Details : www.bloomsdayinmelbourne.org.au

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