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Jews Brothers' Bloomsday

Jews Brothers' Bloomsday

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  • Sat 16 Jun ’12, 7:30pm – 10:30pm


The Thirsty Dog, 469 Karangahape Rd, Newton


All Ages

New Zealand's leading night of literary cabaret! Bloomsday on K Rd!

June 16 is the literary feast day of the greatest English-language novel of the 20th century, Ulysses. For on that long, lingering, legendary date in 1904, Leopold Bloom, wandering Jew and melancholic hero of James Joyce’s comic masterpiece, set about his droll odyssey round Dublin.

While brave Ulysses in Homer’s Odyssey roamed ten years over ten seas before returning home at last to his faithful wife Penelope, timid Bloom, advertising canvasser and wounded cuckold, spends but a day and night, June 16, out and about on Dublin streets and parlours before returning in the early hours to his faithless wife, Molly.

The consequence of all this is that every June 16 Bloom’s perambulations round Dublin are remembered and re-enacted around the globe.

In Auckland a sensational Bloomsday cabaret has been celebrated every year in Auckland’s red-light district of Karangahape Rd. This year, like last, the show will be at The Thirsty Dog. Relishing in the Jewishness of Poldy Bloom, the Auckland show presents itself as “the only Hiberno-Hebrew Bloomsday in the known world” and features an international line-up. Music comes from Grey Lynn’s own chanteuse Linn Lorkin and top klezmer exponents The Jews Brothers Band. As well there’s opera from Japanese mezzo-soprano Yuko Takahashi and performers that include the singing tenor Chris Trotter, international busker Farrell Cleary and fabulous Robyn Malcolm from Outrageous Fortune.

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