Get Tickets Soon…. Some notes about what’s happening from the Bloomsday’s Green Room
The boiler house is now well and truly stoked for an exciting Portrait which has its Opening Night less than three weeks away on 16 June (with a preview – at bargain prices – the night before). What a stimulating journey it has been. We’re into the fifth week of 100 hours of rehearsal, the stage-manager is on hand, the actors are all but costumed and props being made. Bump-in is Queen’s Birthday Monday. We’ll be revealing our cast progressively on FaceBook. Hope you’ve friended us!
The cast is led by Matthew Dorning, as Stephen Dedalus, and the tag-line we’ve given Stephen is ‘Rebel without a Pause’. We think gets to the heart of Joyce’s equivocal treatment of Stephen’s radicalism and Joyce’s unique and dissident take on the artist as hero. The thinking about the play was crystallised initially by a James Dean-inspired graphic generated by Nikki, partner of one of our committee folk. We didn’t end up going with her image, but it was generative. We can’t give away too much, but Matt’s own eye-catching jacket, we think, tells the story the Director (and before him, Joyce) wanted to tell: Stephen as talented loser – moody, broody, angsty, and finally, and a bit surprisingly, very funny. We can certainly promise you a Portrait that is different from how you ever imagined it – an expressionist version, with some visionary moments.
Rehearsal photos, by Joel Munro, a student intern from VU, were of the scene in which Cranly, Stephen’s close friend, played by Liam Gillespie, stands him up over his theological and ethical intransigence. It’s a cracker of a debate in which the di are quite evenly loaded.
We’re excited by the way this production is shaping up. And a bit concerned about our Director, Wayne Pearn, who keeps saying that ‘Portrait is the exorcism I’ve waited all my life for’. What is going on?
Please don’t forget to book – Portrait needs to be booked via the theatre. Opening night is nigh, and seats for the Bloomsday and Sunday matinee are filling fast. Preview night is booking well too.
We also need your Dinner and Seminar bookings and those can be booked via Bloomsday. You can make a single booking for the Seminar + Dinner or separately for each event.
If you need a map to plan your day, there’s now one on site. The two venues are a mere 170m from each other. A doddle up a slight hill to get from Papa Goose to forty-five.