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A Rare Journey – Nora Joyce’s Odyssey

Cadence Theatre Company

‘All those memories keep crowding my mind, like bits of auld songs only half remembered and then gone again’

A world premiere of a one woman show which celebrates the life of a remarkable Irish woman, Nora Joyce. The play, which is written and performed by Paula Greevy-Lee, is highly entertaining and filled with music, giving free reign to Nora’s witty and often acerbic commentary on her life and times.

Beginning in 1946, five years after James Joyce’s death, A RARE JOURNEY opens as Nora prepares to meet a young American journalist in a café in Zurich, where she still lives until she can get her late husband’s remains repatriated to Ireland. Anxious about what questions she’ll be asked by the journalist – and which ones she’ll answer! – Nora retraces the exhilarating highs and best-left-unsaid lows of her life since the fateful meeting with a cocky young James Joyce on Nassau Street all those years ago.

WRITTEN BY Paula Greevy-Lee
DIRECTED BY Gerard Lee
LIGHTING DESIGN BY Conleth White
SOUND DESIGN BY Peter O’Neill
COSTUME DESIGN BY Shauna Maher
PERFORMED BY Paula Greevy-Lee
DRAMATURGY BY Gerard Lee

Tickets €20 | €18 concession (student/OAP)
Running time 70 mins no interval


There will be a post -show discussion after the show on Wednesday the 15th of June in honour of Bloomsday.

About the playwright…

Paula Greevy-Lee trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, before winning a scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. She was Founder and Artistic Director of Sticks and Stones, a Theatre-in-Education Company, where she devised and scripted many productions. She was subsequently awarded a Dublin City Council Arts Bursary to study for an MA in Modern Drama in UCD, graduating in 2000. Paula is Founder and Artistic Director of Cadence Theatre Company, set up in 2015 as a platform for new writing projects. Company productions include This Old Man at The Viking Theatre, and One Is Not Oneself at the New Theatre. Paula was recently awarded an Arts Council Agility Award to develop her new play Still Time, set in a women’s prison, and which was given a rehearsed reading in Smock Alley Theatre in March 2022.

14  – 18 June
8pm
1.30pm on 16 + 18 June
Boys’ School