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Diary of a Hunger Strike


  • Playwright

    Peter Sheridan 

  • Synopsis

    Diary of a Hunger Strike investigates the complex and controversial issues surrounding the H-block hunger strike.

    Day 52, the warder once again leaves the tray of food near the semi-conscious person. Even were he willing, he would be unable to digest the meal as his bodily functions have regressed too far. But the warder will persist with the gesture of offering food. Both men are trapped, one by the ravages of enforced hunger, the other by the enforcement of meaningless rituals. There is pressure on his relatives and on the Church to save his life. The word is that the Government will not back down. That's official.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    11 November 1982

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Hull Truck Theatre Company, England.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Presented at the Round House, London.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The original production previewed in Ireland at the Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick under Artistic Director BrĂ­d Dukes. The Irish premiere took place on the Peacock stage of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on February, 5th, 1987.

Original Cast  
Performer Frances Quinn
Performer Patrick Waldron
Performer Walter McMonagle
Performer James Wynn
Performer Alan Buckingham
Production Team  
Director Pam Brighton
Designer Di Seymour


  • Contact

    Peter Sheridan

  • Address

    70 Celtic Park Avenue
    Dublin 9
    Republic of Ireland


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Peter Sheridan

  • Address

    70 Celtic Park Avenue
    Dublin 9
    Republic of Ireland


The information for this entry was taken from the promotional flyer for the original production. Additional information was supplied by the author.