16th June 2023

James Joyce’s Nighttown: a Bloomsday Poetry Brothel

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James Joyce’s Nighttown: a Bloomsday Poetry Brothel

Welcome to the Poetry Brothel, an immersive literary cabaret nightclub experience where musicians, dancers and mystics mingle and perform, while poetry is the headline act. Private readings will be available for a fee. This unique Bloomsday edition takes us up-close and personal with the poetics of rebellion, lust and drunkenness, by drawing us into the world of the great modernist writer and pervert, James Joyce himself!

The penultimate chapter of Joyce’s modern epic Ulysses is aptly set in Dublin’s notorious red light district on Montgomery Street, in Bella’s Bordello to be precise. In this surreal and disorienting environment, reality becomes tentative, intoxicated and increasingly unreliable. Bella becomes Bello, Stephen creates an apocalyptic prophecy on the piano, and Leopold Bloom is confronted by his parents and then dies; a rather unfortunate predicament for a main character who still has to go home to his wife in the next chapter.

Taking the Bloomsday celebration to TenClub’s Society for the Curious, in close proximity to the historic Red Light District, it seems only appropriate to honour this most raunchy section of Joyce’s mighty work. So join us for an unforgettable night as we romp through turn-of-the-century Dublin and all the way to ancient Greece through poetry, performance and song!

The line-up for tonight:


Emmet O’Brien is an Irish poet and author of the book “A Perspective From The Corrupt Mind Of The Youth”

Cerise Noir is an incredible Burlesque performer

Poems Ago set Irish poetry to music and sing the poems accompanied by guitar and violin

Zita Smit masterfully performs her sensual poems to her dearest customers

Suzanne Linde is a very talented poet from Utrecht

Tim de Vos is a magician who dedicates his life to the world of astonishment

Freek Wallagh is Amsterdam’s one and only night mayor as well as a gifted poet

Ringo doesn’t play the drums but the piano


To get you off to a good start of your visit to turn-of-the-century Dublin, order your Poetry Pimp Pack! With two coins for private poetry readings, a cocktail voucher and an edition of James Joyce’s inspiring work, you will be ready for the night.

Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm

Tickets: €35 (€17.50 for the Curious) Tickets including a Poetry Pimp Pack € 70,00 (Curious 17,50 discount on the Poetry Pimp Pack)

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The program

19:00 Doors open
20:00 Start program


16th June 2023



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