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Jews Brothers' Bloomsday

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  • Thu 16 Jun ’16, 7:30pm – 10:30pm


The Thirsty Dog, 469 Karangahape Rd, Newton


All Ages

Lucy Lawless & Michael Hurst Team Up for Worm-crawling Dungheap.

It’s a dazzling line-up for Auckland’s annual Bloomsday celebration on June 16. Appearing again this year are international stars Lucy Lawless and Michael Hurst from the epic sandals & skirts TV soap Xena, Warrior Princess.

Lucy Lawless will be playing Gerty MacDowell, lonely seaside siren of Sandymount Rocks. Michael Hurst will be turning the broody, abstract Stephen Dedalus into a song & dance man. They will be joined by Geraldine Brophy, one of NZ’s foremost TV and movie actors, and Bruce Hopkins -Gamling in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Geraldine Brophy will be reading the really unrestrained parts of Molly Bloom’s unrestrained soliloquy.

Bruce Hopkins will appear once more as the fearful and fearsome transvestite dominatrix Bella Cohen, transmogrifying this year into Helen of Mt Albert, imperious Queen of the World, the face that lunched a thousand countries. Music will come from Linn Lorkin & the Jews Brothers Band, mezzo soprano Yuko Takahashi, Jean McAllister, tenor Chris Trotter.

Dublin actor Brian Keegan will be reading, Farrel Cleary will be performing graciously and union organiser Joe Carolan ungraciously. The show takes place one night only, June 16—a Thursday this year—and will be at the Thirsty Dog in K Rd’s red-light area, a fitting location for a subject once described as, “a heap of dung, crawling with worms, photographed by a cinema apparatus through a microscope… All the secret sewers of vice are canalised in its flood of unimaginable thoughts, images and pornographic words.”

Bloomsday is the celebration of a single day, June 16, 1904, the setting of James Joyce’s great comic novel, Ulysses. On that single all-including day Joyce re-imagines Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey unfolding out onto the streets and seaside and red-light district of Dublin in 1904. Homer’s hero Odysseus becomes a Dublin Jew, Leopold Bloom. Around the world Bloomsday is celebrated on June 16.

Aucklanders and Auckland performers have taken the annual event to heart and London’s Guardian newspaper has listed the Auckland Bloomsday as one of the best.

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