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Jimmy Joyced!

By Donal O’Kelly

Directed by Sorcha Fox

Stars Donal O’Kelly


Jimmy Joyced! looks back at 1904 through the eyes of JJ Staines, a stallholder in Dublin’s Rathmines Market with a dangerous obsession for all things Joycean. JJ drives like a man possessed through the full gamut of 1904 James Joyce, from his 22nd birthday on 2nd February to his departure with Nora Barnacle on 9th October :-

  • his battles with his mad dad
  • his bronze medal win for singing in the Feis
  • a crazed night of gunfire in the Sandycove Tower
  • his rescue from redlight Monto mayhem by the man he turned into Bloom
  • and above all his passion for Nora Barnacle and their fabled walk on 16th June.

Donal O’Kelly is an actor and playwright. His previous solo plays include the award-winning Catalpa and Bat The Father Rabbit The Son. His play The Cambria toured to great success in Ireland and abroad since 2005, and Operation Easter, his play about the 1916 Rising, ran to full houses in Kilmainham Jail to mark its 90th anniversary. In 2007 he toured his Mummer-style 1798 spy thriller Vive La throughout Ireland, and his music-theatre piece Running Beast, about Hugh O’Neill Earl of Tyrone, has toured to rave notices in Ireland and abroad. On screen, he is known for his roles in movies such as the recently-released Kings, The Van, Spin The Bottle, I Went Down, and the tv series Paths To Freedom and Fair City.

JIMMY JOYCED! Nominated for a Best Actor award in the Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Awards 2005.

“Everything about this tantalising performance is memorable … nothing short of ‘genius inspired by genius”.

“Roller-coaster’ has been a term applied to Donal O’Kelly’s acting in the past; it’s true again with this great kaleidoscope of word power, energy and insight”