The Great Hunger opens on monday Nov 13, continues on the 14/15/16 @ 8pm and also on sat 18th and 25th @ 2pm.

The Grand Inquisitor opens on Friday Nov 17, continues on the 18/20 @ 8pm and also on sat 25th @ 5pm.

The Murders at Wildgoose Lodge, Carleton, and Me opens Tues Nov 21st, continues on  the 22/23/24/25 @ 8pm

The Great Hunger, a long poem adapted for stage, already performed all over Ireland and abroad to popular and critical success.
The Grand Inquisitor∗ is from the 5th chapter of Dostoyevsky’s great Russian novel The Brothers Karamazov. It tells the story of Jesus returning to 16th century Spain, why the Grand Inquisitor has him arrested and intends to burn him at the stake the next day.
A powerful drama and exploration of philosopical, political and religous ideas.
Wildgoose Lodge concerns the worst atrocity of 19th century Ireland (1816), more people executed as a result than 1916, at least half of whom were innocent, yet few know anything about it. Why and what is the true story ? “The Murders at Wildgoose Lodge, Carleton, and Me” by Peter Duffy will investigate these events and more recent and contemporary relevance.
*GI – one other non speaking actor on stage in final  piece.

Information on the Trilogy and each piece is available at

Some reasons why Trilogy is of significance and importance.

1 All three works are of great literary value from three great writers (even William Carleton’s Wildgoose lodge if to a lesser extent).

2 The three works span a history of over 100 yrs ie from early 19th C.Ireland (1816 in particular), late 19th C.Russia to 1930’s Ireland and over 200 yrs to the present.

3 The two Irish works originated in the South Monaghan area (WGL on border with Co Louth), where I also originally came from, if not in the immediate area.

4 Théodore Géricault‘s (1791–1824) painting The Wreck of the Medusa (see attach) has inspired me, in particular in relation to “The Murders at Wildgoose Lodge, Carleton , and Me” (written by myself ) and the idea of presenting a Trilogy. Both the event in 1816 and the painting has had significant political and artistic reverberations down to the present.

5 It may be just complete co-incidence or it may reflect something in the ether that both Fintan O Toole ( I.T. series of articles aug 2117) and myself choose the same sub-title “The State of Us” for our work and it would seem entirely separately. I suppose one can believe everything is connected and for a reason or not !

6 The Great Hunger was included in Ireland – 100 Modern Artworks (RIA 2016).

7 It is Patrick Kavanagh’s (PK) 50th anniversary on the 30th of November and just after the Trilogy (including The Great Hunger) has finished performance in Smock Alley Theatre.

8 I understand that The G.H. was the first PK poem Seamus Heaney read and which was a great influence on him and his poetic development.

9 I was knocked off my Bike, un-conscious and injured in Sept 214, spent a night on a Trolley in ST James Hospital not allowed to move and kept reciting The G.H. to “pass the time”. In the morning when I was being taken to a ward, we passed the “The Patrick Kavanagh Ward” – it gave me a badly needed lift. When I started to get better I went in search of the P.K. ward but could not find it. It had been changed while I was there. Over the next few years I lobbied (registered my interest) to get another ward named after him and in late 2016 or early 2017 a new ward in Mercer’s Institute For Successful Ageing (MISA) was named after him !

10 An artist Fergus Ryan came to the performance of the G.H. and as a result painted Maguire’s October  (see image in landscape images at
11 Wildgoose was the worst atrocity of the 19th C. more people executed than 1916, at least half deemed to be innocent, yet few people know anything about it. Why ?
12 The Year of No Summer (1816) was part of the worst climate crisis of the 19th C.
13 I wrote the version of the G.I. used in The Trilogy based on Madame Blavatsky‘s translation, an extraordinary woman who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875, met WB Yeats n was known all over the world in the 19th C.

14 Wildgoose Lodge by William Carleton is a great example of a 19th century gothic story – wild stormy weather, intimations of the supernatural, secret societies, late night secret church meeting combining oath taking and alcohol drinking, a horrific revenge burning, all written in dark foreboding language.

15 Peter Brook (the revered English theatre director) directed a production of The GI in 2006 which was staged in Dublin as part of the Dublin Theatre festival.

16 All three shows will be performed on Sat November 25  at 2pm (G.H.), 5pm (G.I.) and 8pm (WGL).


The Great Hunger returns to Dublin

It will be performed in Smock Alley Theatre from

Monday March 7th to Saturday March 19th @ 8pm,

with matinees on sat 12th and 19th @ 3pm

Booking 01-6770014

Plus Dates in April

Tralee                               april 6th

Wexford                          april 7th

Moate                               april 8th

Carrick on Shannon     april 28th

From Newry to Lisburn

After a very informative and engaging few days at the National Famine Commemoration with

a great response to The Great Hunger in the Sean Hollywood Centre, it now moves to Lisburn.

It will play in the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn @ 8pm on friday Oct 23rd.

Booking @ 0044(o)2892509254.

Info Tel : 028-92509509.

The Great Hunger at Irish Famine Summer School

The Great Hunger will be performed next wednesday June 17th at 8pm on the opening night

of the first Irish Famine Summer School in Strokestown County Roscommon.

The school is a joint initiative between the Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House, the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates at Maynooth University, Roscommon County Council and the Strokestown Community Development Association.

Update on The Great Hunger tour .

Despite a relatively serious road accident, Peter performed The Great Hunger on crutches in Mullingar and Strabane. The response as always was great with a standing ovation in mullingar and satisfyingly hardly a mention of said crutches. No crutch (physical or metaphorical) for future performances !

The updated venues and dates are :
Thur 15th Jan Castlebar
Thur 22nd Jan Thurles
Fri 23rd Jan Naas
Sat 24th Jan Dundalk
Thur 29th Jan Ennis
Fri 30th Jan Kilworth
Sat 31st Jan Monaghan
Thur 5th Feb Longford
Sat 28th Feb Kells (TBC)

Other dates are in the pipeline – please check again here or
get in contact with Bare BodKin producer at

The Great Hunger on the road again

After a summer break The Great Hunger takes to the road again on an extensive tour throughout the country.

Please note the first three dates had to be cancelled (due to peter being knocked off his bicycle) and are to be re scheduled.

Also some new dates may be added to the list below, so keep in touch.

Venues and dates :

Thur 2nd October     Mermaid Arts Centre Bray

Fri 3rd October         Garage Theatre Monaghan

Sat 4th October        VdeP Theatre Kells

Fri 31st October        Mullingar Arts Centre
Sun 2nd November    Mall Arts Center Youghal
Fri 7th November      Alley Arts Centre Strabane
Thur 22nd January    Source Arts Centre Nenagh
Fri 23rd January        Moat Theatre Naas
Sat 24th January       Tain Theatre Dundalk
Thur 29th January     Glor Ennis
Fri 30th January        Village Arts Centre Kilworth