The Hunger

Trafó - Vörösmarty Theater (HU)


Duration: 2h
Performed in Hungarian, with Romanian and English surtitles

Directed by: Nagy Péter István
With: Domokos Zsolt, Dunai Csenge, Galkó Balázs, Hunyadi Máté, Pallag Márton, Pálya Pompónia
Dramaturgy: Sándor Júlia
Set and costume design: Devich Botond
Music: Dargay Marcell
Sound design: Csizmás András
Cameraman: Vincze Alina
Video: Gyenei Péter
Lights: Lengyel Ákos
Sound: Torma Sándor
Set designer assistant: Pestalits Benjámin
Video assistant: Tóth Artúr
Production managar: Trifonov Dóra






Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer. He is a crowned national poet and a traitor who collaborated with the Nazis. At the age of 30, he writes his novel Hunger, at the age of 60 he receives the Nobel Prize for Literature. At the age of 85, he writes an obituary about the dead Hitler.

In 1888, a young writer roams the streets of the Norwegian capital, Kristiania. He lives day by day, he is evicted, he is starving. For food. For love. For love. To the satisfying recognition of society. His search for an artistic identity and his troubled, hopeless wanderings on the streets of Kristiania sharply depict the simultaneously liberating and cruel nature of the work.

Hamsun's autobiographically inspired psychological novel and the controversial assessment of the writer's figure in his old age collide in a dream-like performance that also engages in a multi-layered polemic with itself. At the same time, the presentation of the show's problem - the insatiable desire of a young artist starting a career and the artist's social responsibility - goes beyond the context of Hamsun's oeuvre and prompts the creators and viewers of the show to reflect.

Supported by the Artopolis Association, SÍN Cultural Center, Budapest Theatre and Film University


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