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HCE Players Rock Dublin's Bloomsday 2014

Well I am one proud blogger. The Here Comes Everybody Players were amazing at Bloomsday 2014! So, today, I give you a retrospective in pictures (and one video clip) of the wildly successful weekend!

On Saturday, HCE Players kicked off their celebrations with Finnegan's Wake at Darc Space Gallery. Then, the performers were asked to do an impromptu performance for a Joycean pub crawl and were such a hit on Duke Street that they were asked to reprise on Sunday.

Cast & musicians outside The Bailey on Duke St.
The crowds on North Great George's Street on Sunday for 15 scenes from each of the Dubliners stories (woe be unto those who call the book 'The Dubliners') were enormous and the volunteer audience players were outstanding. Spectators came from around the world including Australia, North America and across Europe (and those are just the ones this blogger talked to) to laugh and enjoy both Joyce's work and the beautiful weather.
HCE Players & some of the audience participants on North Great George's Street
On Monday, it was a standing room only crowd at the James Joyce Centre as the group tackled Ulysses with their trademark humour and talent.

Donal addresses the standing room only crowd at the James Joyce Centre

All in all, a rousing success - let's hope they can reprise next year!

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

The audience has their scripts ready!

Cathal uses the local architecture on Duke Street
Finnegan's Wake - Donal, Stephen and Cathal take a bow

Tony on the bones

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Enjoying a Bloomsday meal before the performance begins
Sean gathers the crowd for the first performance

Donal welcomes everyone to Dubliners street theatre with the HCE Players

Ann addresses the sizable crowd
Tony leads the audience to the next stop on the Dubliners street theatre experience

Can you spot Ann and Stephen dancing and acting in the middle of this massive crowd?

Cathal thanks the crowd for coming and invites them back for more tomorrow!
Sean on the fiddle
Tony on the bodhrรกn and Sean on the fiddle

Back to The Bailey for Round 2

The audience mark Finnegan's demise with their 100-letter word
Cathal and Stephen in Finnegan's Wake

Monday, 16 June 2014

Donal addresses the standing room only crowd.

Ann brings down the house with her performance from Ulysses

Cathal revists the saints. Now was that Saint Anonymous, Eponymous or Synonymous?
Tony and  Ann at the James Joyce Centre

Due to huge crowds, HCE players spend the break re-blocking because we can't all fit in the final location!

Cathal makes his entrance, followed by Stephen who gives some audience members quite the surprise

Stephen's had better mornings - to the delight of the audience

Cathal, Donal and Stephen in Ulysses
Cathal drops in
Stephen in Ulysses

Tony and Sean - The musicians

A final bow for the full cast at the James Joyce Centre

Cathal and Donal do one last performance at Market Square

What a weekend!