|Love's Bitter Mystery: The Year that Made James Joyce|
Bloomsday in Melbourne, a James Joyce festival with a formidable global reputation, is back for our 28th season with a Covid-safe, original and new immersive theatrical event, Love’s Bitter Mystery at Villa Alba, by Steve Carey and directed by Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s precociously talented Jennifer Sarah Dean. The subtitle of the piece is The Year that Made James Joyce, and that year is 1903-4. It’s a bold biographical play that is augmented by the fiction, and it’s being staged in the spectacular main rooms of an atmospheric boom era mansion rarely seen by Melburnians. We expect the show will be popular with Joyce virgins as well as the initiates. For more specific information on the show and the other Bloomsday events, the seminar and the dinner, see the Bloomsday in Melbourne website (www.bloomsdayinmelbourne.org.au) for more details about session times.
Venue: Villa Alba
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.