Simon Ryan Theatre


Simon Ryan Theatre, Thursday, 30th April  2015  will host James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man , prior to commencing an overseas tour.  This critically acclaimed and sell out  piece is performed by  New Theatre, Dublin and in conjunction with Richard Ryan Productions. In his  iconic novel and masterpiece  adapted  for stage, James Joyce signalled his need to escape the nets he claimed Ireland would trap him in – religion and nationality. He would seek to fly “above these nets”. Unique among his contemporaries he laid claim for the artist’s freedom from such temporal concerns to “forge the uncreated conscience of his race”. Thus began his life-long task of sketching the universal human condition he had observed around him in Dublin in the real lives of ordinary people.

In the course of A Portrait which covered the first decades of his life, we see him creating his own individual aesthetic, as opposed to the dictates of the Church. He is already aware of the beginnings of new European writers such as Ibsen, and leaves Ireland to live mostly in poverty, but at liberty to seek nourishment from other cultures. The novel eventually published in 1916, contains some of the most dramatic scenes in modern literature.  Admission  €15/€12 (conc). Tickets are expected to sell fast for this one-night only performance.  Box Ticket Office 062 80520. Curtains up 8pm