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The Great Hunger


  • Playwright

    Tom MacIntyre 

  • Author Notes

    From the poem by Patrick Kavanagh.
  • Synopsis

    The Great Hunger portrays the terrible isolation of a man, Maguire, tied to the husbandry of poor soil. Maguire's hunger is not a physical one - a need for food - 'but a hunger of the senses created through upbringing, poverty and religion'. Despite his sterility, absence from world affairs and sexual pleasure, the play is both celebratory and spiritual.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Mary Anne Bríd Ní Neachtain
Maguire Tom Hickey
Tom Malone Conal Kearney
Agnes Fiona Mac Anna
Schoolgirl Martina Stanley
Priest Vincent O'Neill
Production Team  
Director Patrick Mason
Designer Bronwen Casson
Lighting Tony Wakefield
Sound Nuala Golden
Percussion Mike Mesbur
Design Assistant Frank Hallinan Flood
Design Assistant Blaithin Sheerin
Production Manager Brian Collins
Stage Director Ailish McBride
Stage Manager John Kells
Assistant Stage Manager Niamh McAnally
Props Master Stephen Molloy
Set Construction Peter Rose
Wardrobe Supervisor Anne Cave
Wardrobe Assistant Lily Norton

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Great Hunger/ The Gallant John-Joe

  • Year


  • Published By

    Lilliput Press

  • Address

    62 Citric Road
    Dublin 7
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 6711647

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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Jonathan Williams Literary Agency

  • Address

    1 Urban Villas, Tivoli Terrace North
    Dun Laoghaire
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 280 3482

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.