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

Producer:Steve Carey


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'.

Read more....

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....

 
 
 

THE MELBOURNE JOYCE COMMUNITY

... was effusive

 
 

More about our very talented costumier, Rhiannon Irving, Costuming Holy Cow! One Period at a Time. 

 
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Read more about Rhiannon's thinking about the costumes for the show, Costuming James Joyce's Ulysses one Literary Period at a Time.

 

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)

 
 
 

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