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ABOUT MOLLY

“Molly” is a provocative new stage adaptation of James Joyce’s final soliloquy in Ulysses that will premiere at the Galway Theatre Festival on Friday April 21st. In the middle of the night, Molly Bloom lies awake, plagued by insomnia, wind and her husband’s snoring as she reflects on life’s ups and downs. A caustic wit is matched with searing honesty in her night time musings.

Adapted from Ulysses by Tara Breathnach and Petal Pilley

PERFORMED by Tara Breathnach

Directed by Petal Pilley

“Why can’t you kiss a man without going and marrying him first?”

“Molly” is a provocative new stage adaptation of James Joyce’s final soliloquy  in Ulysses that will premiere at the Galway Theatre Festival on Friday April 21st.  In  the middle of the night, Molly Bloom lies awake, plagued by insomnia, wind and her husband’s snoring as she reflects on life’s ups and downs. A caustic wit is matched with searing honesty in her night time musings.

Joyce based the character of Molly on his wife, Nora Barnacle who came from Galway. Their published  letters reveal an honesty and frankness that translated into the character of Molly Bloom. Molly is a complex character and this is what attracted Tara and Petal to adapt Joyce’s writing for the stage:

Tara says:“I feel that Molly is often maligned as a caricature, she has many facets to her character and I hope to give voice to a real woman on stage. She combines both earthy physicality and lyrical philosophy”

This vibrant one-woman portrayal reveals the real woman behind the caricature, earthy, witty, yet vulnerable and sensual.

Molly’s  observations on relationships strike a chord with contemporary audiences and her unashamed sexuality is startlingly modern. It is refreshing to encounter a woman who is at one with her body and physicality in an age of bodyshaming.

Molly is performed by Tara Breathnach ( A Nightingale Falling, Jack Taylor,) and directed by Petal Pilley ( Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Footsbarn).  Lighting Design by Mike Byrne, Set Design by Conor Nolan and Production Manager Judith Wolf.

  • ADMISSION

  • €12.00 | €14.00

  • DATES

  • Fri, Apr 21 | 15:00
    Sat, Apr 22 | 21:00
    Sat, Apr 22 | 13:00