Kaleidoscope Night Presents Scribbledehobble
Join our 'watchparty' as we look through the Kaleidoscope archives and revist 'Scribbledehobble', presented as part of Music Town 2020.
Scribbledehobble as a word can mean hurried, untidy writing, or it can be a reference to a workbook with ideas written down quickly –sketches, vignettes. One of James Joyce’s most important notebooks for his Finnegans Wake opens with the word Scribbledehobble. Further to that, one of the key books underlining Finnegans Wake is Sheridan LeFanu’s The House By The Churchyard. Set in the village of Chapelizod in the 1760s the story opens with the accidental disinterment of an old skull in the churchyard, and an eerie late-night funeral. Like Finnegans Wake, LeFanus' rich tale is full of vignettes, where characters come and go, mysteries are hinted at, mysteries unravel...The Scribbdehobble audience will tour from room to room in MOLI encountering musical characters as they go who are introduced by excerpts from The House By The Churchyard. Walking with the audience on their journey is a strange figure....he is a "Soundman" and from time to time radio programmes sound from his pockets. The programmes are taken from MOLI’s online Radio stream, augmented with other literary fare from the RTE Sound Archives. Soundman is the ghost story that threads through LeFanu’s The House By The Churchyard. At the heart of Finnegans Wake and The House By The Churchyard is a funeral or a “funferal” (fun for all) in Joyce’s pun. This is our funeral.
A "Funferal" of Words and Music
SUE RYNHART, MIKE NIELSEN, CLAIRE FITCH, CLAIRE DUFF, DANNY MCCARTHY, CORMAC BREATNACH, DAIRE BRACKEN, MARTIN TOURISH
Image credit: Joby Hickey