Around 30 people packed into Midland Books on Wednesday the 25th of March for a performance of Strolling Through Ulysses by Robert Gogan.
It was the first such event for us but the layout of the shop lent itself to the performance. Robert’s idea is to introduce James Joyce’s most famous work to a larger audience. Many people (myself included) have been put off reading the book due to it’s perceived difficulty.
Over the course of 70 minutes, Robert goes runs through the book acting out certain important scenes. It therefore means that after seeing the play, the reader will then be able to relate to what is happening even if if the text is not very accesssible.
Robert takes on the roll of the main characters such as Leopold Bloom, Stephen Dedalus & Molly Bloom. Robert brings out the often dark humour as well as the great characters and situations which Leopold Bloom encounters on the 16th of June 1904.
It was a hugely enjoyable evening especially due to the intimate nature of the venue. You couldn’t help but be impressed with Robert’s passion for the book and the genius of Joyce for creating such a work based on the small little details which happen to us on any given day.
The 16th of June 1904 wasn’t much out of the ordinary for Leopold but with the voice he has been give by Joyce, the events of that day are still gripping people over 100 years later.
Robert is continuing to tour the show throughout Ireland and I would strongly recommend that you catch it if at all possible,