by Brendan Daly Reviewed 22 July
Since the expiry of copyright on James Joyce’s works at the tail-end of 2011, adaptations of Dubliners, Ulysses, The Dead, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man have vied for the
attention of Irish theatre audiences. Finnegans Wake, Joyce’s notoriously impenetrable novel, has been conspicuously absent. Premiered at this year’s Galway Arts Festival, Olwen Fouéré’s riverrun is the first attempt to grapple with depicting Joyce’s esoteric final work on an Irish stage. This innovative co-production is both infused with the anarchic spirit of its source and underscores the enormous challenges inherent in a theatrical portrayal of (or a part of) Finnegans Wake.