Nighttown, Inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses

par l'atelier-théâtre Emmet

We are at the Mabbot Street entrance to Nighttown, the name Joyce gave to Dublin’s brothel quarter. Two British soldiers, Private Carr and Private Compton, make their way into the area. They are followed by a very drunk Stephen… Bloom is at the Talbot Street side of Nighttown. He has lost sight of Stephen…

Thus begins the action of the fifteenth chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Meandering through hallucinated visions and hauntings from the past, bursting with sexual innuendoes and subversive political passions, Nighttown attempts the impossible: bringing Joyce’s crackling language to the stage by blending action with video animations, live camera work, and voices from beyond the grave, in a wild waltzing evening where Bloom and Stephen finally come to meet, and care for each other, at the heart of Joyce dizzying labyrinth.


  • Adam Bunzl, Johanna Di Dio, Alexandre Flahault, Krista Kaufmann, Almuth Klingner, Xi Li, Jia Liu, Caroline Martin, Inès Moubachir, Natania Prezant and Jason Schiavi

Adaptation and stage direction

  • Nicholas Weeks


  • Sébastien Graz

Graphic animations

  • Lucas Oettli

Video camera

  • Nirina Imbach


  • La Comédie de Genève
  • English Department — UNIGE


  • show in English — free entry


Activités culturelles


022 379 77 05


  • samedi 13 mai 2017 19:00 ‑ 20:30


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