Joyced in Edinburgh

Of all the books on all the shelves in all the world then surely Ulysses would be the very last you would choose to actually perform. With its often impenetrable text and its binge of words. Yet here is young Katie O’Kelly, choosing Ulysses and with an Olympic feat of memory, a crisp Dublin diction and more courage than common sense, declaiming its essence to the Edinburgh Fringe. She takes us on a flight across Dublin visiting more pubs than we should, meeting Joyce’s mates, or as she says herself, Jimmy’s mates, for she knows him rather better than anyone in the audience will ever know him. And then we fly and sail and chuff across Europe following Jimmy’s peripatetic Irish exile. She must be a nutter to have taken this on. Yet she pulls it off rather beautifully. It works, even for the likes of me who are only attempting to read Joyce for the third or fourth time. It is a deep performance and she is destined, I think, for greater things.

I left astonished at her talent but above all her courage.

One thought on “Joyced in Edinburgh

Add yours

  1. I seem to remember the film version by Joseph Strick being pretty dire apart from Milo O’Shea as Bloom. I have a version on many Naxos CDs read by Jim Norton.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Up ↑

Printmaking 2

S Cussons 509995

Broadsides - A collection of bits and pieces

"Unprovided with original learning, uninformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a blog”

like mercury colliding...

...moments of unexpected clarity

Thru Violet's Lentz

My view, tho' somewhat askew...

Travels and Tomes: One Expat's Amblings and Ramblings

About travel, food, family, and the quirks of living abroad in Germany, England, and Turkey.

Turtle Bunbury

Historian * Author * Presenter * Speaker * Guide

Written In Ink Blog

What's past is prologue.

HistorianRuby: An Historian's Miscellany

Early modern historian. Loves gender, women's, social & royal histories. Ventures elswhere when interest is piqued. Blog may cover above themes or something a little more random. Find me on Twitter @ruthrblair

%d bloggers like this: