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Hunger - E5 Bakehouse


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HOBO Theatre is presenting Hunger, a new adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s classic novel, in the compact setting of the E5 Bakehouse in London Fields – from May 13 to June 19, 2014.

Hunger is set in 1890 in Cristiania, Oslo, where a nameless writer wanders the streets. To have the strength to write, he must have bread. To have money to buy bread, he must write! As our hero wrestles with this conundrum, his last pennies are spent and his belly empties.

But as hunger bites, his senses are heightened, his appetite for love and beauty grows and, even in the deepest hardship, he retains a thirst for life and all the good things that the wide world has to offer.

With hunger the subject of the story, where better to see the play than in one of London’s most popular artisan bakeries. Its unique intimacy will make the border between performer and audience melt away, creating a truly shared experience that merges music, theatre and food at their finest.

Guests at Hunger can expect a two-course traditional Scandinavian meal at the conclusion of the performance, with hearty soup, cheese and, of course, bread to start – followed by sweet pancakes with fruit preserve and a refreshing glass of schnapps!

Ben MacKinnon, chief proprietor at E5 Bakehouse comments: “We are thrilled that E5 is being used as a venue for this innovative and vibrant piece of work and we hope that audiences will enjoy Hobo’s production of Hunger as much as they enjoy our bread!”

Created and directed by award-winning director Jamie Harper, Hunger will be performed by Harriet Green, Andrei Ionescu and Hugo Thurston.

Tickets: £25 per person, includes the performance, food, and schnapps. To book, visit and search for Hunger.

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays only at 8pm.

E5 Bakehouse, Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London, E8 3PH