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A Rare Journey: Nora Joyce’s Odyssey


24-27 July 2024 at 8pm

The James Joyce Centre is proud to sponsor A Rare Journey: Nora Joyce’s Odyssey, written and performed by Paula Greevy-Lee, at the Cork Arts Theatre on 24-27 July 2024 at 8pm.

A Rare Journey celebrates the life of a truly remarkable Irish woman, Nora Joyce (nee Barnacle), in a highly entertaining roller-coaster 75-minutes, filled with music, song and humour that delights in Nora’s quick and razor-sharp wit.

Beginning in 1946 in Zurich, five years after James Joyce’s death, Nora prepares to meet a young American reporter for lunch. Wary of journalists and anxious about what questions she might be asked about life with her famous husband, Nora ‘rehearses’ for the encounter, retracing the exhilarating highs and best-left-unsaid lows of her extraordinary life.

Directed by Gerard Lee, this one-woman show seeks to separate the wise, sharp-witted, complex, and compassionate Nora from the many half-truths that have dogged her since her death in 1951.

“This one woman play really shines bright…a particularly impressive feat for Paula Greevy-Lee…captures the audience with charm and wit…Greevy-Lee also has a beautiful singing voice.” –  The Reviews Hub

“Paula Greevy-Lee gives a flawless performance as the often put-upon but always resilient Nora.” – Jack Gilligan, Dublin City FM

Lighting Design – Conleth White
Costume – Shauna Maher
Set Design – Martin Cahill
Poster Image – Rafal Kostrzewa

A Rare Journey: Nora Joyce’s Odyssey is part of the Cork Summer Season. Running throughout July and August, each of the eight shows in the season will have 6 performances from Wednesday – Saturday, including a 1pm show on Thursday and Friday. For the lunchtime performances, patrons can choose a Lunch & Show ticket for €18, which includes soup or sandwich option, served from 12 noon until ten minutes before the performance time. Show Only tickets are also available for the 1pm shows at €15.

Post Show Discussion – Wednesday 24th

Age Recommendation: 14+

Tickets are €18 general, €15 concession. Click this link to purchase tickets.

The James Joyce Centre is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

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