June 2017 Archives

17 June 2017

Lucy in 2017 Bloomsday Videos and Images

Lucy took part in the annual Bloomsday event in New Zealand. AUSXIP Reporter Martine De Grauw was at the event to cover it.


Video – Part 1


Video – Part 2











17 June 2017

NZ Herald: Lawless in Homage to Irish Writer 16 June 2017


NZ Herald: Lawless in Homage to Irish Writer 16 June 2017

It might be 16 years since Lucy Lawless hung up Xena Warrior Princess’s chakram, but still the last place some expect to find her is in an Auckland pub celebrating the life of an Irish literary star and one of his most memorable characters.

Now a UK crew wants footage of our Bloomsday commemoration, held annually to pay homage to author James Joyce, because Lawless is one of its stars. Organiser Dean Parker says they were stunned to hear the TV star makes time to participate.

In the novel Ulysses, a re-telling of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Joyce sends the main character, Leopold Bloom, on a walk around Dublin where he meets a range of intriguing characters.

Joyce set the story on June 16, 1904 because it was the day of his first date with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle. Every June 16, Joyce aficionados get together for Bloomsday celebrations.

In Auckland, it brings together performers like Michael Hurst, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Lord of the Rings’ Bruce Hopkins, musicians Linn Lorkin and Hershal Hersher and The Jews Brothers Ban.

Now working on a new series, Lawless will come straight from the set to portray the character Stephen(anie) Dedalus, one of those befriended by Bloom in Ulysses.

Joyce, considered one of the 20th century’s greatest writers, has a family link to New Zealand. His eldest sister came here in 1909 and joined the Sisters of Mercy.

Bloomsday is on tonight at 7.30 at the Thirsty Dog in Karangahape Rd, Auckland.



3 June 2017

Confirmed: Lucy To Attend NZ Nuclear Free Zone 30th Anniversary Celebration 11 June 2017

Lucy has confirmed she will be attending the NZ Nuclear Free Zone 30th Anniversary on 11 June in the Auckland Domain.



New Zealand Nuclear-Free Zone 30th Anniversary Celebration – Sun 11 June 2017.


Nuclear Free NZ Celebration – Human Peace Symbol and Peace Plaque Ceremony in Auckland Domain

Date : 11th June 2017

Time: 12 – 2pm

Venue: Auckland Domain

The public celebration of Nuclear Free NZ30th anniversary is 12:00 Sat. 11th June at Auckland Domain behind the Museum.

Hundreds of people will create a giant human Peace symbol to convey a message of support for the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty at the UN.
There will be a plaque unveiling ceremony beside the Peace Pohtukawa tree with Auckland Mayor for Peace -Phil Goff, City Councillors, MPs, musicians and peace leaders. From Nuclear Free NZ to a Nuclear Free world!



3 June 2017

Lucy To Perform At 2017 Bloomsday Show as Gerty MacDowell 16 June 2017

Image636320753876134632Auckland central’s annual Bloomsday show is on again this month, one night only and Lucy will be reprising her role of Gerty MacDowell (see the video/audio of her 2016 performance of Gerty MacDowell here).

Other performers include: Jennifer Ward-Lealand reading from Molly Bloom’s notorious monologue, Michael Hurst as a British squaddie (and singing Finnegan’s Wake) and Lord of the Rings' Bruce Hopkins as a transvestite dominatrix.

When:  Fri 16 Jun 2017, 7:30pm–10:30pm

Where: The Thirsty Dog, 469 Karangahape Rd, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information: Door Sales Only



Bloomsday is the recreation of that single day in 1904 in which Irish writer James Joyce set his 20th-century comic masterpiece, Ulysses. On that long, lingering, legendary date, Leopold Bloom, wandering Jew and melancholic hero of Joyce’s book, set about a droll odyssey around Dublin. In Dublin-Paris-Rome-Trieste, in London-New York-Beijing-Sydney, there’ll be readings and chamber music remembering the fictional event.

In Auckland, a bawdy Bloomsday vaudeville has been celebrated every year on June 16 to packed houses at the Thirsty Dog Tavern, Karangahape Rd. This year’s show will feature Irish ballads, Jewish klezmer, Catholic hymns, Leon Redbone, Guiseppe Verdi, Tinpan Alley, Brecht/Weill, Leon Redone, and Edith Piaf. And The Supremes. And boisterous dramatisations from Ulysses.

When it first appeared in 1922, Joyce’s 900-page whopper had a bit of a mixed reception. In his home town, the Dublin Sunday Express boldly pronounced: “The obscenity of Rabelais is innocent compared with the leprous and scabrous horrors of Joyce’s book… All the secret sewers of vice are canalised in its flood of unimaginable thoughts, images and pornographic words.”

Ably assisted by this sort of promotion, its fame spread.  A signed first edition will now set you back half-a-million dollars.



Image courtesy of Thirsty Dog Tavern & Cafe