2018 HOLY COW!
JAMES JOYCE SLAUGHTERS THE SACRED COWS OF ENGLISH LITERATURE
DIRECTED BY JENNIFER SARAH DEAN AT FORTYFIVEDOWNSTAIRS, 45 FLINDERS LANE, MELBOURNE
Holy Cow! adapts for theatre the 14th chapter of Ulysses – Oxen of the Sun. By 1919, when it was written, Joyce was experimenting with the style of each chapter ever more radically. As well as telling the story of Mina's difficult delivery, and Bloom's loss of his own child, Joyce's narrative imitates and parodies the styles of upwards of 34 literary periods, beginning with Irish, Latin and Anglo-Saxon, tracking through medieval morality plays and fantastical travel narratives, continuing via Arthurian song cycle, Bunyan’s allegories and Elizabethan chronicles, moving into early seventeenth- and eighteenth-century novels and comedies of manners, then into early gothic romance and romantic excess, making a detour into history and science before arriving at Dickens and Ruskin, and then wallowing in the breakdown of English into slang and regional peculiarities in the early twentieth century.
This production highlighted the different styles of each period with 6 major costume changes and by gestural mannerisms which were governed by Joyce's language.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Director: Jennifer Sarah Dean
Narrator 1: Paul Robertson
Narrator 2: May Jasper
Leopold Bloom: Hunter Perske
Stephen Dedalus: Matthew Connell
Buck Mulligan: Mitchel Edwards
Francis 'Punch' Costello: Timothy Ian McMullin
Dr Dixon: Johnathan Peck
Mina Purefoy: Liza Dennis
Nurse, Landord, Virginal Bride,Trump: Bridget Sweeney
Voiceover of James Joyce: Eugene O'Rourke
Stage Manager: Jack Gittings
Costume Designer: Rhiannon Irving
Set Designer: Alia Syed
Lighting and Sound: Alex Blackwell
(assisted by Mitch Tabe)
Artistic Director of Bloomsday:Frances Devlin-Glass
Bloomsday Scripting Team: Graeme Anderson, Bruce Beswick, Steve Carey, Sian Cartwright, Frances Devlin-Glass, and Diane Silber
REVIEWS OF HOLY COW!
Four Reviewers commented in different fora:
JULIETTE HUGHES NORWOOD, JOYCEAN, IN TINTEÁN
Her verdict: 'A feast of clarification', 'a tour de force'.
KEITH GOW, INDEPENDENT THEATRE BLOGGER
Keith Gow reported that Jennifer Sarah Dean keeps the action moving joyously throughout'. Read more
PATRICIA DI RISIO, STAGE WHISPERS
She was impressed by how 'The loquacious writing is well preserved, and the cast convey the wit and the liveliness of the language through energetic and steadfast performances.' Read more...
LOIS MASKIELL FROM THEATRE PRESS
This critic enjoyed the comedy and physicality of the show: read more....
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THE BLOOMSDAY SEMINAR 2018
JAMES JOYCE SLAUGHTERS THE SACRED COWS OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.
James Forrester King spoke about Joyce's knowledge of gynaecology in Oxen, and his paper was published in Tinteán. Take me to it.....
Philip Harvey spoke about Parodies in Oxen, and his paper is available here.....
Frances Devlin- Glass chaired the seminar (Prof. Barry Jones was in hospital)