On the last page of James Joyce’s seminal final novel, Finnegan’s Wake, Anna Livia Plurabelle (aka ALP) dissolves into the great ocean of time in her guise as the river Liffey. Inspired by a reading of this, Irish actor Olwen Fouéré created Riverrun, working backwards from the end of the book to create a narrative which explores the river and attempt to re-tell a challenging novel. The one- woman show combines her words with carefully choreographed movements and breathtakingly emotive facial expressions to create an experience which resembles life itself: full of humour and tragedy, snippets of overheard conversations and thoughts which follow no set process.

Much like the book which inspired it, Riverrun is a complex text devoid of a linear storyline and with patches of dialogue that are best described as nonsensical.


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