Yesterday for our afternoon performance, visitors enjoyed an informal rehearsed reading of the one-act play ‘Of Thyme and Rosemary’, a conversation between James Joyce and Marcel Proust. The authors first met on 18 May 1922 at a private dinner party at the Hotel Majestic in Paris.  Among the guests were fellow icons of Modernism Diaghilev, Stravinsky and Picasso, and the conversation between Proust and Joyce was variously reported.

Cathal Stephens and Jack Walsh as James Joyce and Marcel Proust respectively.

Written by Boston-based playwright Debbie Wiess, ‘Of Thyme and Rosemary’ depicts an imagined second meeting, in which the iconic writers had a true meeting of minds over some white wine. The writers were portrayed by Cathal Stephens and Jack Walsh.

A founding member of Boston-basedHere Comes Everybody Players’, Cathal Stephens has been performing work related to James Joyce and his work for over twenty-five years.  He has performed at literary conferences and festivals throughout North America and Europe.

Jack Walsh studied mime and Theatre in Paris and has played on almost every stage in Ireland. He volunteers at Sweny’s Joycean Pharmacy and will play Leopold Bloom in ‘A Play on Ulysses’ in Blackrock on 16th June. He is currently working on a one man show called ‘Welcome To Ireland’ at the Axis Theatre, Ballymun.