Guest Blog: Bloomsday Survival Kit

Each month a member of the crew behind the Bloomsday Survival Kit will provide an insight into the motivation and method behind their work. In May, Jessica tells us about their plans for the Bloomsday Festival.

 

Since January, we’ve been on an epic journey round Dublin, reading Ulysses “on location.” We started out in the Martello Tower in Sandymount and have met wonderful people and visited some fantastic places along the way. We’ve read in the delightful Print Museum, the grand National Library, Sweny’s Chemist, even on Sandymount Strand. In pubs, hostels, on street corners, and around graves in Glasnevin cemetery.

As well as just enjoying the experience, the Ulysses readings have also helped us develop our second edition Manual and Bloomsday Survival Kit. By reading the book aloud on location, the characters jump out at you. Illustration ideas pop into your head. Word plays and concepts become clearer.

The readings will reach their climax during the Bloomsday Festival when we jump into bed with Molly. Yes! Join us as we romp through the final episode of Ulysses. Hop into bed (yes, an actual bed) with Molly Bloom for Penelope’s Pyjama party. Arm yourself with a copy of Ulysses, wear your pyjamas or nightshirt, and get stuck in! It’s on Tuesday 11 June at 7pm in Des Kelly’s Interior Shop, just round the corner from Eccles Street. But beware, adult content!

For the Bloomsday Festival this year, in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute, we are presenting a unique interactive screening of Joseph Strick’s 1967 classic film Ulysses. The evening will be peppered with party pieces and prizes for the best-dressed Bloomians. We will bring the screening to life with props and entertainment in the interactive style of a Rocky Horror screening. Yes, we’re at it again!

Part of the joy of Bloomsday is dressing up and creating a character from Ulysses. This year, we’ve chosen Leopold Bloom, Gerty MacDowell, Bella Cohen and Blazes Boylan. Bloom is a bit of a Walter Mitty character. Gerty has a thing for blue. Bella is a society hostess who dominates Bloom in Nighttown. Blazes is Bloom’s nemesis. Plenty of scope for fun!

If you need some inspiration for creating your Bloomsday look, join us on Wednesday 12 June for an Edwardian Beauty and Fashion Workshop.

The new edition of our illustrated improper guide to James Joyce’s Ulysses, “Romping through Dublin – Ulysses The Manual” is hot off the press. It’s pocket-size and contains all you need to create your own Bloomsday experience. You will find out what’s happening in the story, get ideas of what to do, what to wear and where to go.

“The Bloomsday Survival Kit” contains The Manual and a bunch of fun and interactive props. Use it for a Bloomsday adventure around Dublin or to help unravel the so-called mysteries of Joyce’s classic. There are props to help you dress up and others to bring Ulysses to life.

At it Again! is a creative collective based in Dublin. We are supported by Failte Ireland and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

Tickets for the Ulysses 1967 screening are available now at the IFI Box Office on 01 – 679 3477 or online at www.ifi.ie

Full details about In Bed with Molly, Edwardian Beauty and Fashion Workshop, Ulysses 1967 – James Joyce meets Rocky Horror, The Manual and the Kit can be found on www.atitagain.ie or join us on www.facebook.com/BloomsdaySurvivalKit.

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