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The Great Hunger and The Gallant John-Joe

The Great Hunger and The Gallant John-Joe

Tom Mac Intyre

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One of Ireland’s most daringly and excitingly original writers working today

The Great Hunger is Mac Intyre's version of Patrick Kavanagh's long poem of the same name. It represents the life and dreams of Patrick Maguire, Monaghan small farmer and potato-gatherer, a man suffering from sexual and spiritual starvation.

The play fuses image, movement and language into a classic of contemporary Irish drama. The Gallant John-Joe is the soliloquy of John-Joe Concannon, a Cavan widower grappling with physical and mental infirmity and trying unsuccessfully to plumb the mysteries of his relationship with his troubled daughter.

His Lear-like cry, by turns tragic and uproariously funny, is both instantly recognizable and marvellously strange, a creation only Mac Intyre could have brought to the stage, and the page.

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Author Tom Mac Intyre
Publisher Lilliput Press
Publication date 1 Apr 2002
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781901866834

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