'The Great Hunger' by Patrick Kavanagh theatre & dinner at Ballyvolane House

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a theatre and dinner event on Saturday, 16 November 2013. We are collaborating once again with our talented friends from Theatre Makers Ltd. who brought Madame Chavelle to Ballyvolane last autumn. Playwright/actor/director Jack Healy will perform a one-man-show of the epic poem "The Great Hunger" by Patrick Kavanagh in the barn at Ballyvolane House. The performance is directed by Ger Fitzgibbon with a design by Ronan Fitzgibbon.

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 to an unconsumated 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. 

We hope to satisfy any 'great hunger' our guests may have as we are offering a long-table pre-theatre 2-course dinner at 6.30pm. The performance will commence at 8pm and will last for approximately two hours. We expect the event to fill-up quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment.


» WHERE: Ballyvolane House

» WHEN: Saturday, 16 November 2013




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Show Only @ €15

Dinner & Show @ €47.50

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