The Sounds of Finnegan's Wake


Finnegans Wake is a night-time stream of consciousness; a dream. The main characters are a Dublin publican, Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker (HCE), and his wife, Anna Livia Plurabelle (ALP). In the dream, HCE merges with the landscape of Dublin, and ALP merges with the river Liffey, so the love and marriage between them is told and retold through the ages as the river flows through the landscape. There are two sons (Shem and Shaun) and a daughter (Issy). 

The best way to read Finnegans Wake is to listen to it, dipping in and out of it (like a river!). Even if the 'plot' seems obscure, as a dipping listener you gradually amass sensations and impressions and a dream-like perception of rebirth, recirculation, eternal return, and love. It's full of humour too. Above all, don't feel you have to understand any of it.

25min readings every Wednesday at 20:00,14th Oct - 28th Oct

Repeated: Fridays at 17:00, 4th Dec - 18th Dec



Sinéad O'Neill is a critically acclaimed director working internationally across opera and theatre disciplines, driven by a passion for fresh, direct storytelling. Her style is characterised by the poetry of body, voice and space, reflected in distinctive movement, striking imagery, and dynamic musicality.

Episode 1
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Episode 2
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Episode 3
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