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Ulysses for children: has the world gone mad?... Branar has gone and done it.

— The Irish Times

Ulysses for Children? 


Yes, Ulysses for Children. 

James Joyce’s epic story of one day in one city is brought to life in this inventive new show, bringing Ireland’s most notorious book to audiences aged 8 and upwards, and to all those who haven’t got around to reading it yet.

Combining live performance, intricate paper design, an original score and Joyce’s odyssey, this is theatre that will excite both young and old.

Originally commissioned by and produced as part of Ulysses 2.2, a collaborative project between ANU, Landmark Productions and Museum of Literature Ireland.

Ulysses 2.2 was a year-long, nationwide programme of thrilling new artistic experiments in 2022, created by a rich and diverse gathering of established and emerging Irish artists, presented in a range of live performances, digital commissions and installations.

Designed for children aged 8+ and their adults

Duration: approx. 35 minutes

Along with this stage version, on 16 June 2022, children throughout Ireland were invited to take part in My Bloomsday to celebrate and tell us about their Bloomsday, 100 years on from the book’s original publication date. This included a film version of the show which can still be viewed on the Ulysses 2.2 website

Creative Team
Helen Gregg
Marc Mac Lochlainn
Jonanne Beirne
Michael Chang
Book Design and Creation
Maeve Clancy
Sound Design
Adrian Ferry
Costume Design
Elaine Mears
James Ryan and StationHouse Media
Set Build
Ciaran Kelly
Paper Creation
Sorcha Ní Chróinín
Debbie Wright
Line Producer
Niamh Ní Fhlatharta
Social Media Marketing
Noel Minogue
Production Assistant
Nóra Burke
Design Assistant
Oisín Parslow
Ulyssess 2.2 Project Manager
Gráinne Pollak

This initative is now finished. If you would like to take part in an arts project with your class check out our Digital Arts Flag Programme

How to take part on Thursday, 16 June 2022

1. Watch the film with your students! - WATCH HERE

2. Teacher fills in teacher sheet (15 mins)
This sheet must accompany your class sheets when you send them to us.

3. Students fill in worksheets (45 mins approx)
The worksheets are composed of 6 questions, which prompt students to think about their day in an imaginative way, from morning to night. Students can write answers, or draw pictures, or a combination of both. This can be split up throughout the day, depending on your work plan.

4. Teachers gather teacher and student sheets and send them to MoLI.
Here’s how to return them:

Preferred delivery method is posting but if you have the facilities, you can scan your sheets and upload them here.

Funded by an Open Call award from The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon 

Presented in partnership with Dublin City Council, St Patrick’s Festival, Arts & Disability Ireland, Irish National Opera, Branar, CoisCéim, United Fall, Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Port Company and Poetry Ireland. 

Media partner: The Irish Times