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Strolling Through Ulysses!

June 201812th

18:30 Nenagh LibraryCommunity, Arts, Entertainment

Strolling Through Ulysses!

The performance is taking place in Nenagh Library on Tuesday 12th June at 6.45pm. Admission is free but it’s advisable to book in advance by contacting the library at 067 34404

StrollingThrough Ulysses! is a one-man show that tells the fun-filled story of Bloomsday - June 16th 1904 - the iconic day around which James Joyce’s Ulysses is based.

Written and performed by Robert Gogan Strolling Through Ulysses! guides you through the curious events and quirky characters of Ulysses, in a humorous, entertaining and informative manner, with extracts from the novel which best illustrate the various aspects of Joyce’s writing - the comical, the descriptive and the complex – without compromising the integrity of the great book.

Joyce, speaking about Ulysses once famously declared,‘there is not one serious line in it.’ Strolling Through Ulysses! certainly proves that!

Bawdy, irreverent and great fun!

So hold on to your hats and take a deep breath as Robert Gogan takes you on a 75 minute whistle-stop tour through the fun and laughter which is the backbone of James Joyce’s extraordinary and celebrated novel.

Over 16’s only


Given the burnished Victorian interior of the pub, and Gogan’s pitch-perfect balancing of narrator, actor and observer, it turned out to be a wonderfully bawdy experience – and one that certainly enlivened our dinner conversation afterwards. – The Irish Independent

Gogan is an engaging and well-rehearsed raconteur. His edited selection of excerpts cut right to the heart of Ulysses ..... succeeds in making Joyce accessible even to those who have only the sketchiest context for the work - The Sunday Business Post

Having seen Strolling through Ulysses in the International Bar I knew it would chime well with Out to Lunch audiences but little did I know it would become one of the most enjoyed and talked about shows of the festival. Robert Gogan gave a hugely energetic and insightful presentation on the humour of Ulysses which sent the large audience out with a smile and with a new understanding of Joyce’s masterpiece. A perfect Saturday afternoon show. Sean Kelly, Director, Out to Lunch Arts Festival Belfast 2016

Robert gave an incredible performance, brilliant energy and acting, first class communicator, introduced and encouraged everyone to read Joyce. So easy to deal with, arrived a week in advance to put up his own posters and was there to meet and greet before the performance. His presence on our programme enhanced the 39th Clifden Arts Festival. Not to be missed. Brendan Flynn, Director, Clifden Arts Festival 2016.

Robert’s one man show is funny, witty and most entertaining. Everyone loved it and enthused over his fast moving delivery, making Ulysses special for all, condensing it into approximately 70 minutes of unabated fun, covering the 18 chapters in an exquisite way capturing the wonder of James Joyce. We would without reservation highly recommend it
- PJ Murphy, Swenys

Watching Robert Gogan’s ‘Strolling Through Ulysses’ was a delight. Our audience had a thoroughly wonderful time and his enthusiasm and knowledge for James Joyce’s novel shone through. This one man show is both inspirational and entertaining - I’d recommend it to everyone! Bob
Johnston, The Gutter Bookshop, Temple Bar

Robert Gogan’s show “Strolling through Ulysses” was a wonderful journey through Joyce’s epic novel. Entertaining & informative, Robert outlined the structure of the book, re-enacted some key moments & outlined the main characters & their relationships with each other. The audience was appreciative & enthused & eager to enter once more into the minute detail of Bloomsday no longer intimidated by the novel’s complexity but excited by the challenge of reading one of literature’s greatest works. A most enjoyable & worthwhile experience. The veil has been lifted! Patty Ryan, The Midland Bookshop, Tullamore

A fascinating introduction to Ulysses, revealing the humour of Joyce! Maeve O’Connell, Farrell & Nephew Bookshop, Newbridge.

Thank you for a wonderful evening last week with your performance of Strolling Through Ulysses. The feedback from the audience has been amazing and has created a bit of a buzz about the place. Paschal Bugler, Buglers Ballyboden House Theatre & Pub, Rathfarnham.

A witty, versatile show, ideal for those of us who aspire to understanding “Ulysses”. It is incredibly and cleverly adapted and scripted by Robert Gogan to showcase Joyce’s masterpiece. Robert Gogan succeeds in masterfully bringing alive the characters of Mr Bloom, Stephen Dedalus et al. Molly Bloom’s soliloquy is a fitting finale to a captivating 70 minutes of theatrical action. Máire O’Halloran, The Clifden Bookshop, Galway

What the audiences said…..

“Super performance, most enjoyable” - James Joyce Tower, Sandycove.

“Made the book very understandable” - Midland Bookshop, Tullamore.

“Simply Brilliant” - Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway.

“Ulysses brought to life. I felt I was strolling alongside Bloom” - Stone House Bookshop, Kilkenny.

“Enlightening, funny and entertaining” - Bugler’s, Rathfarnham.

“Loved to see the characters come to life” - Bookworm Bookshop, Thurles.

“I’m now looking forward to re-opening the book after many, many years” - Valley House.

“Very entertaining, especially for a Joyce novice” - Bridge Street Books, Wicklow.

“A wonderfully absorbing synopsis” - Swenys.

“Wonderful evening and vivid portrayal of so many characters” - Barker & Jones, Naas.

“A great evening and surprise for me as the book was brought to life quite brilliantly” - Village Bookshop, Greystones.

“A tour de force!” - The Reading Room, Carrick-on-Shannon.

“Most entertaining and now I will have another go at the book” - The Clifden Bookshop.


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