“Making Joyce – Translating Joyce for Live Theatre Performance” – Sinéad Murphy and Darina Gallagher

The second talk in our Autumn/Winter lecture series at the James Joyce Centre took place on Monday 14th October 2019. Sinéad Murphy and Darina Gallagher delivered their performative lecture on “Making Joyce – Translating Joyce for Live Theatre Performance”.

Sinéad and Darina’s lecture focused on their process of translating Joyce for theatre performance and included musical and textual extracts from Joyce’s work.

Over the last 9 years, Darina and Sinead have devised over 8 music-theatre shows exploring the work of James Joyce. Originally developing performances before copyright restrictions were lifted, they initially focused on evoking Joyce’s life and work through a musical soundscape of early 20th century Dublin.

Since then they have continued a musical and storytelling journey that aims to make Joyce accessible to new audiences and new performance spaces and that transcends educational, cultural and linguistic barriers. Their work explores themes such as language, politics, home, childhood and women and they have toured internationally from China to New York.