An original free adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses
In 1994 Dermot Bolger was commissioned by the Rosenbach Museum (which holds Joyce’s original manuscript of Ulysses) to adapt the novel Ulysses for the stage as the centrepiece of Philadelphia's celebration of the 90th Bloomsday. A Dublin Bloom is the text of that commission, a dramatic dream-like recreation of Mr. Bloom's journey through that most significant Dublin day. The original production was directed by Greg Doran at the Annenberg Centre, the University of Pennsylvania, USA, on June 16th, 1994..
The text was published by New Island in Ireland & by Nick Hern Books in the UK. There was a special limited hardback edition of 250 copies, some of which are still available.
“a prestigious achievement” – Richard Eyre, Royal National Theatre.
"As a novelist and playwright, Dermot Bolger shares much with Joyce: a wildly inclusive vision, a great sense of humour, a rich feeling for language, a quest for the mythic in the everyday, and above all, an attachment to Dublin as a city forever suspended between heaven and hell. It is hardly surprising therefore that A Dublin Bloom, his stage version of Ulysses, is much more than a mere mechanical adaptation. Rather it is a brilliant re-imagining of Joyce's world in theatrical terms, at once faithful to the original and yet in itself a fresh and vigorous work of art." - Fintan O’Toole
“Who would have imagined how beautifully Joyce's rich, complicated and enormous epic could be interpreted within the constraints of theatre...a triumphant, lasting and important contribution to dramatic writing.' - Stephen K. Urice, Director, The Rosenbach Museum
New Island ISBN: 9781874597261; C PB; 115 pp; 1995