This week on Documentary and Drama on Newstalk, marking the centenary of James Joyce's experimental novel, Ulysses, ‘‘Strolling Through Ulysses’ tells the fun-filled story of Bloomsday - June 16th 1904 - the iconic day around which James Joyce’s Ulysses is based.
This two part radio drama guides listeners 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.
Using a combination of narration, readings and scripted drama, listeners will learn all they need to know about ‘Ulysses’ over two episodes of merriment.
Joyce, speaking about Ulysses, once famously declared, ‘there is not one serious line in it.’ ‘Strolling Through Ulysses’ certainly proves that.
The drama is bawdy, irreverent and great fun, treating James Joyce’s extraordinary and celebrated novel with great respect, while introducing this most difficult of novels to a new audience.
‘Strolling Through Ulysses’ Episode One will air on Newstalk, Sunday Feb 6th 7am (Repeated Saturday Feb 12th 9pm) and ‘Strolling Through Ulysses’ Episode Two will air on Sunday Feb 13th 7am (Repeated Saturday Feb 19th 9pm)
Both episodes will be podcast and available from February 6th on newstalk.com and all major podcast platforms.
CREDITS: ‘Strolling Through Ulysses’; written and narrated by Robert Gogan. Script editing, various voices and direction by Eimear Finan. Produced, recorded and edited by Alan Meaney.
Music played by Danny Weir.
Bloom Played by Paul Fred McCloskey
The Reader played by Tracy Bruen
Molly played by Zita Monahan-McGowan
Stephen played by John Rogers
Various voices by Bob Kelly, Francis Finan, Orla McGovern and Conor Geoghegan.
The programme is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland,with the Television Licence Fee.