Kavanagh masterpiece at Wexford Arts Centre

Published 02/04/2016 | 00:00

great hunger
great hunger

Wexford Arts Centre presents Peter Duffy's powerful theatrical performance of Patrick Kavanagh's poetic masterpiece The Great Hunger on Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m.

It's considered to be Kavanagh's finest work, sharply delineating a life of economic and imaginative privation.

'The Great Hunger' has been touring for the past 18 months to popular and critical acclaim. A large part of the hunger the poem describes is sexual; its protagonist is bachelor farmer Patrick Maguire who has spent years at his mother's beck and call. When she finally dies aged 91, he himself is 65 and has missed the boat in terms of finding a wife and having a family of his own, a source of acute sorrow and regret to him.

Peter Duffy himself grew up on a small Monaghan farm so has a ready affinity for Kavanagh's material which informs and shines through his absorbing interpretation of the work. Kavanagh is generally regarded as one of the foremost poets of the twentieth century. Book online €14/12 (no booking fee) www.wexfordartscentre.ie or 053 9123764

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