On this day…17 June

On 17 June 1918 Nora Barnacle performed in Synge’s Riders to the Sea. Synge’s play was one of three one-act plays performed by the English Players at the Pfauen Theater in Zurich on 17 June 1918. Nora played the role of Cathleen and was later photographed in the costume she wore. To follow the success […]

On this day…30 April

On 30 April 1918 Henry Carr complained to Sykes about Joyce. The day after the successful first performance by the English Players, Henry Carr, who had played Algernon Moncrieff, complained to Claud Sykes about the payment Joyce had given him. Joyce was angered by this and the row with Carr escalated into two court cases. […]

On this day…29 April

On 29 April 1918 the English Players gave their first performance. The English Players was an amateur drama group formed by Joyce and Claud Sykes in Zurich. The group’s first performance, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, took place at the Theater zu den Kaufleuten on Pelikanstrasse on Monday 29 April 1918. Claud Sykes […]

On this day…18 February

On 18 February 1926 Joyce heard details of the first London production of Exiles. There were two performances of Exiles by the Stage Society at the Regent Theatre, London, on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 February 1926, followed by a debate on the play the following Wednesday. Among those attending performances were Harriet Weaver, Wyndham […]

On this day…4 November

On 4 November 1927 Joyce wrote to Harriet Weaver about his reading of ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle.’ On 2 November Joyce had read the ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ chapter to a group of twenty-five friends, after which he suffered cramp and fatigue. Clearly one of Joyce’s favourite parts of the book, he later recorded the opening and […]