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June 24th - July 20, 2024 at 1pm

James Joyce's 

Counterparts & A Little Cloud

An exquisite, intimate study of Joyce’s Dublin and its lives of quiet desperation.

With live period music from two acclaimed musicians!

With a Soirée Performance on July 4th at 7pm, 2024


BEWLEY’S CAFÉ THEATRE with Volta Theatre Company and The James Joyce Centre is proud to present...

James Joyce's 


Counterparts and A Little Cloud 

These two short stories from Joyce’s debut work are vivid ‘slices of life’ of early 20th century Dublin. Against the backdrop of a society in paralysis, desperately awaiting change, a pair of Dublin lives are revealed in stark, sometimes brutal, scenes.

In Counterparts, a bad-tempered law clerk is set on having a heavy night’s drinking, while in A Little Cloud, a sensitive soul is embittered by a meeting with an old university friend back from London.


At once funny and tragic, relatable and surprising, the stories are populated with an array of colourful characters who remain entirely contemporary, despite the bowler hats and Edwardian collars.

‘Jim Roche and Liam Hourican bring Joyce’s Dubliners, and Dublin, vividly alive. Their two-part show is a superb dramatised introduction to one of the greatest short-story collections in world literature’

Frank McNally, The Irish Times

Age guidance: 12+

Duration: 60 minutes

Volta Theatre Company is a new company with the remit to bring classical theatre to a wide audience. Its founders are Liam Hourican and Jim Roche, who have collaborated for many years in theatre and TV. Liam has worked with Shakespeare’s Globe, the Old Vic and Second Age Theatre company and has written and performed sketch shows and comedy drama for Channel 4, RTE and the BBC. Jim has starred in Normal People (directed by Lenny Abramson (BBC), Harry Wild (Acorn TV) Blood 2 (Virgin Media) Vikings (History Channel), Damo and Ivor,Fair City, Killinaskully, The Mario Rosenstock Show, Dead Still (RTE), The Tudors (Showtime) and iCandy (Channel 4). Musicians Feilimidh Nunan and Conor Sheil regularly work with all the principal orchestras in Ireland (National Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Wexford Festival Orchestra, Irish National Opera Orchestra). Their professional interests have led them to collaborate with many other groups in film and theatre but also in different musical genres ranging from jazz to traditional music.


June 24th – July 20th at 1pm

(There is no show on Saturday June 29th)
There will be an SOIRÉE PERFORMANCE on July 4th at 7pm
Mon-Sat at 1pm (doors open at 12.50pm)
Tickets: Low-price Mon/Tues €10, Wed/Thurs €12, Fri/Sat €15. Soirée tickets are €12.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible via the main Grafton Street entrance with a lift to the second  floor. For aural or visual needs, we can seat people towards the front (contact 0868784001 to arrange)



PERFORMED BY:Jim Roche and Liam Hourican

ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY: Jim Roche and Liam Hourican


CLARINET: Conor Shiel

PHOTOGRAPHY: Malcolm McGettigan



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