Joyce as you’ve never seen him at Playhouse

Katie O'Kelly who gives a fantastic performance in 'Joyced' which is performed in the Playhouse tonight.
Katie O'Kelly who gives a fantastic performance in 'Joyced' which is performed in the Playhouse tonight.

A whirlwind love affair, gunfire, music, rejection, flight, boater hats...James Joyce like you’ve never seen him before!

A funny, chaotic, whirlwind odyssey through the events that inspired Ulysses comes to The Playhouse tonight at 8pm.

‘JOYCED!’ by Donal O’Kelly takes audiences on a tour de force of Joycean Dublin, looking back at 1904 through the eyes of JoJo, a stallholder in Dublin’s Rathmines Market. JoJo careers through the full scope of 1904 James Joyce, including his battles with his mad dad, his bronze medal win for singing in the Feis, a crazed night of gunfire in the Sandycove Towe, and his passion for Nora Barnacle.

Written by renowned Irish writer Donal O’Kelly, directed by Sorcha Fox and performed by Katie O’Kelly, the play hasBeen described as “exuberantly inventive” by The Scotsman and a “must see’ by The Stage UK.

“’JOYCED!’ is an award-winning one-woman show, in which the audience is breathlessly catapulted into a chaotic whirlwind tour through the Joycean Dublin, as a host of character, whirl us round the bumps and battles, loves and laughs, guns and hats of James Joyce’s tumultuous life, the echoes of which resound clearly into the fabric of Ulysses!” Áine McCarron at The playhouse said.

Donal O’Kelly is a writer and actor and his solo plays include the award-winning Catalpa (Edinburgh Fringe First, London Time Out Critics’ Choice, Best Event Melbourne International Festival), Bat The Father Rabbit The Son (Best Writer and Best Actor nominations Irish Theatre Awards), and Jimmy Joyced! (Best Actor nomination Irish Theatre Awards). He has twice been awarded an Irish Arts Council literature bursary, and in 1999 was awarded the Institute Butler Literary Award.

Tickets for tonight’s performance are £11/£9 and are available from The Playhouse Box Office on (028)7268 027 or online at