Strolling Through Ulysses

at RCSI, Albert Theatre with the same building as the drinks reception
Wednesday, 6 July 2016 - 7:30pm

Written and performed by Robert Gogan

“Strolling Through Ulysses!” tells the fun-filled story of Bloomsday - June 16th 1904 - the iconic day around which James Joyce’s “Ulysses” is based.

Written and performed by Robert Gogan “Strolling Through Ulysses!” guides you through the curious events and quirky characters of “Ulysses”, in a humorous, entertaining and informative manner, with extracts from the novel which best illustrate the various aspects of Joyce’s writing - the comical, the descriptive and the complex.

Joyce, speaking about “Ulysses” once famously declared, ‘there is not one serious line in it.’ “Strolling Through Ulysses!” certainly proves that!

Bawdy, irreverent and great fun!

So hold on to your hats and take a deep breath as Robert Gogan takes you on a 70 minute whistle-stop tour through the fun and laughter which is the backbone of James Joyce’s extraordinary and celebrated novel, “Ulysses”, which includes -

  • A toilet visitation
  • A bar room brawl
  • An act of seduction
  • Naughty shenanigans on a beach
  • Lewd thoughts
  • Adultery
  • A drunken orgy

All in a single day!


Robert Gogan, a verily versatile actor, performed Strolling Through Ulysses in Swenys Chemist on the 18th December 2014 and the 12th of January 2015 to an enthralled audience.

Robert’s one man show is funny, witty and most entertaining. Everyone love it and enthused over his fast moving delivery, making Ulysses special for all, condensing it into approximately 70 minutes of unabated fun, covering the 18 chapters in an exquisite way capturing the wonder of James Joyce. We look forward to his next show here in Swenys and would without reservation highly recommend it - PJ Murphy, Swenys Chemist


Thanks so much for a hugely entertaining, enlightening and enjoyable stroll through Ulysses on Friday. You certainly have made the book and its characters more accessible to the average book club reader. Well done - a great performance.

N.C., book club hostess, Dublin 14


Watching Robert Gogan's 'Strolling Through Ulysses' was a delight. Our audience had a thoroughly wonderful time and his enthusiasm and knowledge for James Joyce's novel shone through. This one man show is both inspirational and entertaining - I'd recommend it to everyone! Bob Johnston, The Gutter Bookshop, Temple Bar


Robert Gogan's show "Strolling through Ulysses" was a wonderful journey through Joyce's epic novel. In an entertaining & informative talk Robert outlined the structure of the book, re-enacted some key moments & outlined the main characters & their relationships with each other. The audience at Midland books was appreciative & enthused & eager to enter once more into the minute detail of Bloomsday no longer intimidated by the novel's complexity but excited by the challenge of reading one of literature's greatest works. A most enjoyable & worthwhile experience. The veil has been lifted! Patty Ryan, The Midland Bookshop, Tullamore


A fascinating introduction to Ulysses, revealing the humour of Joyce! Maeve O’Connell, Farrell & Nephew Bookshop, Newbridge.


Thank you for a wonderful evening last week with your performance of Strolling Through Ulysses. The feedback from the audience has been amazing and has created a bit of a buzz about the place. Looking forward to the next show here in Buglers Ballyboden on Bloomsday 16 June.

Paschal Bugler, Buglers Ballyboden House Theatre & Pub, Rathfarnham.


A witty, versatile show, ideal for those of us who aspire to understanding “Ulysses”. It is incredibly and cleverly adapted and scripted by Robert Gogan to showcase Joyce’s masterpiece. Robert Gogan succeeds in masterfully bringing alive the characters of Mr Bloom, Stephen Dedalus et al. Molly Bloom’s soliloquy is a fitting finale to a captivating 70 minutes of theatrical action.Máire O’Halloran, The Clifden Bookshop, Galway


Having seen Strolling through Ulysses in the International Bar I knew it would chime well with Out to Lunch audiences but little did I know it would become one of the most enjoyed and talked about shows of the festival. Robert Gogan gave a hugely energetic and insightful presentation on the humour of Ulysses which sent the large audience out with a smile and with a new understanding of Joyce’s masterpiece. A perfect Saturday afternoon show. Sean Kelly, Director, Out to Lunch Arts Festival Belfast 2016


What the audience said.....

Super performance, most enjoyable

James Joyce Tower, Sandycove. 2.2.2015


Made the book very understandable

Midland Bookshop, Tullamore. 25.3.2015


Simply Brilliant

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway. 16.4.2015


Ulysses brought to life. I felt I was strolling alongside Bloom

Stone House Bookshop, Kilkenny. 23.4.2015


Enlightening, funny and entertaining

Bugler’s, Rathfarnham. 29.4.2015


Loved to see the characters come to life

Bookworm Bookshop, Thurles. 30.4.2015


I’m now looking forward to re-opening the book after many, many years

Valley House. 23.5.2015


Very entertaining, especially for a Joyce novice

Bridge Street Books, Wicklow. 5.6.2015


A wonderfully absorbing synopsis

Swenys. 10.6.2015


Splendid way of telling the story of Ulysses

Rathgar Bookshop. 11.6.2015


Wonderful evening and vivid portrayal of so many characters

Barker & Jones, Naas. 12.6.2015


A great evening and surprise for me as the book was brought to life quite brilliantly

Village Bookshop, Greystones. 13.6.2015


A tour de force!

The Reading Room, Carrick-on-Shannon. 15.6.2015


Really enjoyed it! Great night

Buglers, Rathfarnham. 16.6.2015


Most entertaining and now I will have another go at the book

The Clifden Bookshop.  5.7.2015