Ulysses (broadcast)

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Ulysses
James Joyce
Complete Recording
Ulysses 1982 broadcast CD cover.jpg
Studio album by
RTÉ Players
Recorded1982
GenreDrama
Length29:44:55
LabelRTÉ with the Lannan Foundation

The Ulysses broadcast occurred on Bloomsday 1982 when the Irish state broadcaster, RTÉ Radio, transmitted an uninterrupted 30-hour dramatised performance, by 33 actors of the RTÉ Players, of the entire text of James Joyce's epic novel, Ulysses, to commemorate the centenary of the author's birth (born 2 February 1882).[1] The broadcast was carried by live relay internationally[2] and won a Jacob's Broadcasting Award in recognition of its achievement.

The novel Ulysses contains about 265,000 words from a vocabulary of 30,030 words.[3] This record-breaking and historic[1][4] literary broadcast was originally released on 20 audio cassettes in 1982[5] and later digitally remastered on CD in two formats: as a 32-CD boxed set, and as a three-CD set of MP3 audio files, released in 2004 (OCLC 315482641 and 605276262).[6]

Track listing (MP3 version)[edit]

Disc 1 Length   9:57:05
Track Episode Time
01 Telemachus 45:52
02 Nestor 32:26
03 Proteus 48:07
04 Calypso 45:44
05 Lotus Eaters 42:25
06 Hades 1:08:58
07 Aeolus 1:07:59
08 Lestrygonians 1 52:06
09 Lestrygonians 2 31:45
10 Scylla and Charybdis 1 56:11
11 Scylla and Charybdis 2 20:14
12 Wandering Rocks 1 1:01:06
13 Wandering Rocks 2 24:12
Disc 2 Length   10:02:29
Track Episode Time
14 Sirens 1 1:10:04
15 Sirens 2 27:08
16 Cyclops 1 1:02:11
17 Cyclops 2 1:11:08
18 Nausicaa 1 58:34
19 Nausicaa 2 45:15
20 Oxen of the Sun 1 57:13
21 Oxen of the Sun 2 1:03:10
22 Oxen of the Sun 3 20:06
23 Circe 1 1:07:56
24 Circe 2 59:44
Disc 3 Length   9:45:21
Track Episode Time
25 Circe 3 1:09:00
26 Circe 4 1:01:19
27 Circe 5 30:53
28 Eumaeus 1 1:01:14
29 Eumaeus 2 1:11:34
30 Ithaca 1 55:05
31 Ithaca 2 58:39
32 Ithaca 3 42:43
33 Penelope 1 59:08
34 Penelope 2 54:46
35 Penelope 3 21:00
Total length   29:44:55

Broadcast personnel (the RTÉ Players)[edit]

Narrators [7]

  • Conor Farrington
  • Peter Dix
  • Brendan Cauldwell
  • Aiden Grennell
  • Tomas Studley
  • Deirdre O'Meara

Cast

  • Leopold Bloom – Ronnie Walsh
  • Molly Bloom – Pegg Monahan
  • Stephen Dedalus – Patrick Dawson
  • Buck Mulligan – Gerry McArdle
  • Mr. Deasy – Brendan Cauldwell
  • Myles Crawford – Seamus Forde
  • Bantam Lyons – Jim Reid
  • Simon DedalusEamon Keane
  • Haines – Laurence Foster
  • Miss Douce – Colette Proctor
  • Miss Kennedy – Barbara McCaughey
  • Nosy Flynn – Gerald Fitzmahony
  • Ben Dollard – Breandán Ó Dúill
  • Ned Lambert – Denis Staunton
  • W.B. Murphy – Liam O'Callaghan
  • Cyril Sargent – Brendan Conroy
  • Colm – Colm Hefferon
  • Zoe Higgins – Marcella O'Riordan
  • Bella Cohen – Eileen Colgan
  • John Henry Menton – Eoin White
  • The Nymph – Cathryn Brennan
  • Virag – Christopher Casson
  • Old Gummy Granny – Neasa Ní Annracháin
  • Stephen's Mother – Joan Plunkett
  • Mrs. Yelverton-Barry – Daphne Carroll
  • Cissy Caffrey – Kate Minogue
  • Alf Bergin – Joe Taylor
  • The Gaffer – Ivan Hanly

Production personnel

  • Text Consultant – Roland McHugh
  • Sound Supervision – Marcus McDonald
  • Executive Producer – Micháel Ó hAodha
  • Director – William Styles

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 1982 Recordings. RTÉ. Retrieved: 2010-09-12.
  2. ^ Cue the magical music of memory, Irish Times. Retrieved: 2010-09-12.
  3. ^ Analyzing Ulysses Archived 2008-10-25 at the Wayback Machine by Avinash Vora, 2008-10-20. Retrieved: 2010-09-12.
  4. ^ Fair City actor Brendan Cauldwell dies at 83. Irish Independent, 2006-01-13. Retrieved: 2010-09-12.
  5. ^ Library catalogue entry. UCD. Retrieved: 2010-09-12.
  6. ^ Reading Ulysses. RTÉ. Retrieved: 2010-09-12.
  7. ^ Cast list. RTÉ. Retrieved: 2010-09-12.

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