A staging of James Joyce’s “THE DEAD”

Falling Through The Universe

Written and Performed by Declan Gorman

On a Winter’s night in 1982, a young Irish emigrant borrows an English language book from a library in Munich. He reads it over one evening. The course of his life is changed…. Forty years later, he walks onto a stage to recreate the magic of that night and perform one of the greatest short stories ever written in the English language.

Renowned writer, performer and interpreter of Joyce, Declan Gorman (“The Dubliners Dilemma”; “Performing Dubliners”) mixes memoir and the magic of live theatre to bring to life James Joyce’s much-loved classic, “The Dead” in this warm and moving performance. As the world has just celebrated the centenary of his great masterpiece, “Ulysses” we are proud to present this accessible and universal story by the emerging genius that was James Joyce!

Age suitability - Adults (13+)

Declan Gorman has been involved in Irish theatre since the 1980s, as a writer, actor and director. He has won awards and consistently excellent reviews for his innovative physical performances, his humour and above all his ability to weave a story. Having started as an actor with Co-Motion, Dublin, he was many years Artistic Director of Upstate Drogheda and in recent times has enjoyed international success as a freelance artist. His first play “Hades” won a BBC/Stewart Parker Award. His previous solo show “The Dubliners Dilemma” which was presented at Mermaid, went on to tour extensively including Moscow, Dallas, San Francisco, Oslo and later Delhi and Mumbai where it played alongside “The Big Fellow” his acclaimed play about Michael Collins, based on Frank O’Connor’s biography.

‘A compelling performer’

The Irish Times Magazine

‘Effortlessly entertaining’


‘Truly mesmerising... and by no means exclusively for die-hard Joyce fans, a brilliant introduction for newcomers’

Metro Herald