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Noramollyannalivialucia: The Muse & Mister Joyce - A Play For Voices

  • National Library of Ireland Kildare Street Dublin, County Dublin Ireland (map)

In this play for voices devised and directed by Eamon Grennan, Joyce’s wife Nora is living in Zurich at the Pensione Neptune. The date is around 1950 and Nora is being visited by a group of people - the audience - who are members of a literary tour of sorts. They are eager to hear something of Nora’s life with Joyce: its difficulties and its rewards, the sadness of their daughter’s illness, their relationship, her importance as muse (among other muses) to her husband in his work. She is pleased to satisfy their curiosity.

Eamon Grennan has used various biographies and the like in composing this little portrait of the artist’s wife as an older woman. Interspersed with her memories are snatches from the works of her husband, some spoken by her, others conveyed by means of audio voice-overs, among them recordings of the voice of Joyce himself.

Cost: €5