by Jason Blake, 15th March 2015

In a dazzling complete display of the actor's skill set, Ireland's Olwen Fouere picks up her audience like so many bits of driftwood and sweeps them into the torrent of James Joyce's forbiddingly experimental Finnegans Wake.

You might not have ever read the novel (or, like me, half-heartedly tried) and you might not be able to pick out one word in five (or one pun in 10) in this 65-minute performance, but it doesn't matter. Fouere's embodiment of Joyce's Anna Livia Plurabelle, the personification of Dublin's Liffey river, is irresistible. You can go with the flow of Riverrun, which, as Joyce wrote, takes its audience "past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs."

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