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Getting Up James Joyce's Nose


Wed 14 Jun 2017, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Thu 15 Jun 2017, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Fri 16 Jun 2017, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 17 Jun 2017, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Sun 18 Jun 2017, 3:00pm–5:00pm

Where: The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood, Victoria

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • Full Price: $39.00
  • Preview: $29.00
  • Concessions for Health Cards and students: $35.00
  • Groups of 6 or more: $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: francesdevlinglass

A new steampunk play based on Joyce’s masterpiece 'Ulysses', with lots of vaudeville-inspired music and a touch of circus.

Directed by Wayne Pearn and featuring Brisbane’s Tatty Tenors
Presented by Bloomsday in Melbourne

Bloomsday in Melbourne’s scriptwriters have created a brand new, bizarre and confronting adaptation of James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses – Getting Up James Joyce’s Nose. "Today, James Joyce’s Ulysses is a classic,’ says Dr Frances Devlin-Glass, the Joycean who leads Bloomsday in Melbourne, yet when it was first published in 1922, it was banned across the world for its sexual explicitness and literary daring–for offending taste in every way, not least in how it deals with bodies that smell."

Since 1994, Bloomsday in Melbourne has joined Joyce fans around the world on 16 June to celebrate the day on which the action of the book takes place. This 24th production explores the smelly world of James Joyce’s Dublin in 1904. From a breakfast kidney fry-up, through the reek of Dublin streets to the bodily odours of its characters, ‘Getting Up Joyce’s Nose’ runs riot with the senses, while remaining true to the daring spirit of the novel.

For the first time Bloomsday in Melbourne comes to Collingwood’s Melba Spiegeltent, the home of Circus Oz. "We have created a steampunk aesthetic for the production," says Director Wayne Pearn, which works wonderfully with a novel set in 1904. "It’s spectacular, and it could really only happen at the Spiegeltent, which also lends itself to a touch of circus and vaudeville. This is the most excited I’ve been about a Bloomsday in Melbourne production. I can’t wait to see how it gets up the noses of a live audience!"

Preview is on 14th June.