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The Hunger Demon (The Son of Learning)


  • Playwright

    Austin Clarke 

  • Setting

    The Abbey of Cork in medieval times.

  • Synopsis

    A comedy based on the Irish satire Aislinge Mac Conglinne, in which a king with a gluttonous 'hunger demon' inside him is cured through the wit of a wandering scholar and poet.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    September 1930

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Gate Theatre/Amharclann an Gheata

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The play was originally produced at the Cambridge Festival Theatre in October 1927, under the direction of Terence Gray. It was staged at the Abbey in June 1945.

Original Cast  

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Collected Plays by Austin Clarke

  • Year


  • Published By

    Dolmen Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

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