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Falling Through The Universe

Declan Gorman

A staging of
JAMES JOYCE’s “THE DEAD”
framed in a personal memoir

On January 6th 1982, a young Irish emigrant borrows an English language book from a library in Munich. He reads it over one evening. The course of his life is changed…. Forty years later, he walks onto a stage to recreate the magic of that night and perform one of the greatest short stories ever written in the English language.

Renowned writer, performer and interpreter of Joyce, Declan Gorman (“The Dubliners Dilemma”; “Performing Dubliners”) mixes memoir and the magic of live theatre to bring to life James Joyce’s much-loved January classic, “The Dead” in this warm and moving performance.

Directed by Gerard Lee
Lighting Design by Conleth White

Tickets €18 | €15 (student/OAP/Matinee)
Running time: 95 mins including an interval

Praise for previous shows:

“A compelling performer”
– Irish Theatre Magazine

“Effortlessly entertaining”
– Examiner.com

“Truly mesmerising… and by no means exclusively for die-hard Joyce fans, a brilliant introduction for newcomers!”
– Metro Herald

About Declan Gorman
Declan Gorman is a writer, performer and director. He joined Co-Motion Theatre Company in Dublin in 1985 and since then has been constantly active in the Irish theatre. He was Artistic Director of Upstate Drogheda, Theatre Programmer at City Arts and in recent years has enjoyed international success as a freelance theatre maker. His first play “Hades” won a Stewart Parker Award. His previous solo show “The Dubliners Dilemma” toured extensively including Moscow, Mumbai, Delhi, Dallas, San Francisco and Oslo. This new solo work had trial showings in 2018 in Oslo and at Draíocht, Blanchardstown. It is now finally receiving its world premiere at Smock Alley, where his acclaimed play “The Big Fellow” also started out, before touring Ireland and India in 2016-18.

Smock Alley is abiding by all government protocols in regards to the safe assembly of groups of people. You will need to show proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID to enter the theatre. We also request that you wear a face covering for the duration of your visit. To ensure that our audience and visitors have a safe and comfortable experience at Smock Alley, we have taken the decision to operate the venue at a maximum of 75% capacity.

Thu 6 – Sat 8 Jan 2022
8pm | 3pm on Sat
Boys’ School