Bloomsday in Melbourne

Concert or Performance

15 Sep 2021 to 25 Sep 2021 Daily Event

The centrepiece of the annual Bloomsday festival is a play, Love’s Bitter Mystery: The Year that Made James Joyce.

Because of the Covid 19 Lockdown which has severely impacted the rehearsal period, this show has been postponed until 15-25 September. All tickets will be honoured and patrons will be contacted with fresh dates.

Written by Steve Carey and directed by Jennifer Sarah Dean, it is an immersive site-specific play written for the spectacular boom era mansion, Villa Alba, in Kew. The mansion provides a setting that beautifully matches the mood of the piece: cold and damp, but also grand and dramatic, like Joyce himself. In fact, Villa Alba was built in the very year Joyce was born, 1882.

The play tells the story of the year, 1903-4. in which James Joyce returned to Ireland for the death of his mother and in which he met Nora Barnacle and draws on Joyce’s writing from several periods in his career. It’s intense and moving.


Non Smoking


From AU$42.00

Not suitable for children under 16

Event Dates

Daily Event

15 Sep 2021 to 25 Sep 2021

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