For anyone familiar with James Joyce's magnum opus, the prospect of a stage adaptation of Ulysses is intriguing if eyebrow-raising. How the hell do you go about translating Joyce's epic, experimental account of a single day in Dublin for the stage? And for those who have never managed to get beyond the opening pages of the hefty Modernist masterpiece will this, the first full stage version, be any less intimidating?
The good news for aficionados and virgins alike is that Andy Arnold's production for the Tron pulls off the major feat of conveying the spirit of the original with a remarkable lightness of touch. He's helped in his task by Dermot Bolger's consummate adaptation, which retains the episodic structure of the novel to create a series of entertaining, often laugh-out-loud funny set-pieces, while dividing up the narrative among the excellent eight-strong ensemble.