Wild Geese Players of Seattle

Jun 02, 2020

Bloomsday — Seattle 2020

The Wild Geese Players of Seattle will present a staged reading of Chapter 11, “Sirens”, adapted from the 1922 edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses. For the first time ever, our annual reading will be presented online and available for all to stream on Bloomsday, June 16, 2020 here at WildGeeseSeattle.org.

Update: Watch the video.

Bloomsday (Bloom’s day, named for Ulysses’ main character, Leopold Bloom) refers to the 24-hour period on June 16, 1904 in which Ulysses is set. Ulysses follows the wanderings of Bloom, a Jewish everyman, and Stephen Dedalus, a young writer and Joyce’s alter ego, as they wander the streets of Dublin.

Join us online for Chapter 11, Sirens, where it is 4 pm and the Dublin characters gather at the Ormond Hotel by the banks of the River Liffey. Leopold Bloom joins Father Cowley, Simon Dedalus, Richie Goulding, Lenehan, and Ben Dollard among others, to enjoy an afternoon of songs and music, with the divine Miss Douce and the comely Miss Kennedy setting the scene.

The Readers

Narrators: Claudia Finn, Irene Calvo, Bruce Greeley, Iain Edgewater
Miss Lydia “Bronze” Douce: Olivia Bermingham-McDonogh
Miss Mina “Gold” Kennedy: Ellen Coyle
Bloom: Maura Donegan
Bloom Interior: Mark Gunning, Maura Donegan
Simon Dedalus: Bill Barnes
Lenehan: Leon Mattigosh
Blazes Boylan: Joseph Ryan
Ben Dollard: Joseph Ryan
Father Cowley: Lynne Compton
George Lidwell: Leon Mattigosh
Richie Goulding: Roger Berger
Boots: Joseph Ryan
Robert Emmet: Bill Barnes
Tom Kernan: Roger Berger
Stripling: Roger Berger
Shopgirl: Ellen Coyle
Conductor: Roger Berger


Co-Director: Lynne Compton
Co-Director: Roger Berger
Script: George Reilly
Recorder: Joseph Ryan
Recording Editor: Helen Brew
Publicity: Claudia Finn, George Reilly
Poster: Ellen Coyle, Leon Mattigosh, Claudia Finn

Special Thanks to Matthew Donegan-Ryan


Read along with the script. Adapted by George Reilly from the Project Gutenberg text.

Press Release

This is our twenty-third year of Bloomsday readings. (Press Release).


Co-director Roger Berger has provided some additional notes on the Sirens chapter.

Commentary on Sirens

Other Wild Geese Events

See our archives for details of our previous readings.