Great Hunger comes to Laois

DKane 010512Echo `Ronan Leonard Social DiaryJack Healy performing The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh in the Granary Theatre.Pic Darragh Kane
THIS Friday evening sees the Theatre Makers presents The Great Hunger, a play based on the epic poem by Patrick Kavanagh at Dunamaise Arts Centre at 8pm.

THIS Friday evening sees the Theatre Makers presents The Great Hunger, a play based on the epic poem by Patrick Kavanagh at Dunamaise Arts Centre at 8pm.

First published in 1942, this epic poem deals with the trials and tribulations of its central protagonist; Patrick Maguire, a small farmer in post-treaty Ireland. Maguire fails to seize day after passing day as he watches in despair his life edge closer and closer to an unconsummated conclusion. On his ‘headland of carrots and cabbage’ he dreams of an idyll of marriage and children and yet boasts to his friends of his mastery in avoiding every ‘net spread in the gap of experience’. His life is an endless cycle of feeding the hens, boiling the kettle, lighting the fire and giving the cows their hay, with only the monotonous certainty of Sunday Mass or the meagre offerings of the crossroads to look forward to, by way of social life. And yet sometimes when he is on the land, he has the most profound, life-giving experience of the spiritual in nature. Kavanagh masterfully mediates all of this - Patrick Maguire and his world - through a beautiful tapestry of words and images.

This is Jack Healy’s second one-man-show. He performed his own piece; Shostakovich - based on the life of the Soviet composer - as part of Cork Midsummer Festival in 2009. Artistic Director of Theatre Makers Ltd, Jack is a Cork based actor and playwright who has written extensively and worked as an actor with other Cork based companies, Corcadorca, Graffiti and Meridian. Tickets are on sale now from the centre.