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Once Off Productions and Colin Murphy

The United States vs Ulysses

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by Colin Murphy

THE UNITED STATES vs ULYSSES is a bawdy courtroom drama that tells the true story of the New York trial that liberated Joyce's Ulysses from American censorship.

Ulysses was banned on first publication in the States - but then a hungry young publisher and an ambitious lawyer teamed up to take on the Puritans.

Can they convince the judge that Ulysses is not obscene? And what happens when Ulysses gets under their skin - and Molly Bloom gets into their heads?

Supported by Pavilion Theatre and the Arts Council.

Duration: 90 min, no interval
Warning: 14+ Some strong language

Image by Róisín Nolan

The United States vs Ulysses started life as a play for zoom during the pandemic, which was presented by AboutFace Theatre and commissioned by the James Joyce Centre, and was in part based on Declan Dunne’s novel Set at Random. RTÉ Drama on One then commissioned a radio play, which was directed by Conall Morrison and broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on 13 June 2021, with funding from Coimisiún Na Meán.

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