The Hunger

Theatre (horror, new writing)

  • Assembly George Square Studios - Studio Four
  • 13:10
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Black Bright Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of violence, Strong language/swearing, More information
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Megan and Deborah live alone on their farm in the Yorkshire Dales. What was once their home has now become their only refuge from an increasingly dangerous outside world. They have their farm, their food and each other. But when their fragile harmony is sent into a dark, downward spiral the cost of survival is chillingly laid bare. Kitchen-sink drama meets post-apocalyptic horror, the sell-out original production about morality and motherhood at the end of the world makes it's Fringe debut following a successful Northern tour.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Lift access through the glass box into the main studio area. If not taking the lift there are 12 steps down into the performance space. There is level access via Windmill Lane off of Buccleuch Place.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Paul Devine 33 days ago

This was a solid little original horror.

Dorian 34 days ago

Gnawingly intense two-hander about a mother and daughter sheltering from a mysterious plague and keeping explosive secrets. Exceptional performances.

Josh H 35 days ago

Thought this was incredible throughout, the acting was so committed and naturalistic. I truly believe these performers could go far, the talent is immense.

I'd disagree with the previous review, I felt this really had something fresh and new to the apocalypse genre. It was from a completely new perspective I've not seen before and brought up so many questions about morality, humanity and where to draw the line.
This was a gripping story that I'll remember for years, I've seen 20 shows so far this year and this is currently top.

Snap Judgement 35 days ago

★☆☆☆☆ HUNGER

* Set and Ambiance. Great use of lights and props to enhance the story.
* Mother Knows Best. The mother's character was fleshed out, offering a tangible portrait of her personality.

* Troped Out. Venturing into the apocalypse trope can be tricky. The narrative felt one-dimensional and did not offer anything new.
* Emotional Disconnect. The daughter’s distress often felt forced, leaving me yearning for a more genuine depiction.
* Jump-scare Beginnings. Spoiler: The real horror was the assault on my eardrums.

Andy 37 days ago

Excellent show, very dark and tense atmosphere with superb acting.

Robert 41 days ago

Simple staging, good acting, and a dark setting = a good show with a lot of tension and drama. Well worth your time to see.

David Evans-Powell 41 days ago

Compelling, stark and intense play brought to life by two fantastic performances

Gary Nunn 44 days ago

A well written play ( if a little slow in places ) this is a must see for the acting alone.
The storyline is clever, the ending good but the acting is outstanding, realistic accents make the play all the more believable.
Definitely see this show.

Chris Wilson 45 days ago

Absolutely brilliant - the best show from our Fringe this year. Truly haunting, amazing performances, impeccable direction. A must must see.

Sarah D 47 days ago

I absolutely adored this show. The tension was built excellently and I felt genuinely unsettled and on edge throughout. Both of the actors were superb giving great performances. The script and the staging conjured a feeling of isolation and paranoia. One of the highlights of my Fringe.

Peter Bond 51 days ago

Both captivating and intense, with excellent performances. Doesn’t fail to draw you in, with a compelling ending.

Hannah-Cait Harrison 51 days ago

Oh my goodness! This show made my skin crawl in the very best way. I was truly enthralled and captivated through out and could really SEE the world they were creating on and off stage. Fabulous story telling skills, and superbly acted.

Elizabeth Parry 55 days ago

When the end of the world as we know it is nigh, who can you really trust? Although there are parallels with the recent pandemic, the script considers what we might come to in a much worse situation. Beginning with an arresting opening, there is good staging on the simple set. Two excellent performances. Definitely recommend.

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Geek Chocolate 36 days ago

Raw as the meat of the slaughterhouse.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 38 days ago

Engrossing and mysterious

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4/5 stars) 38 days ago

A tense, horror-tinged production

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Starburst Magazine (5/5 stars) 40 days ago

A must for fans of apocalyptic horror and a gripping hour of theatre for everyone else. Recommended.

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Lost in Theatreland (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

Farnill and Fullerton have a raw and harrowing quality to their performances.

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 45 days ago

A taut, thrilling script by Madeleine Farnhill ensures not a word is wasted.

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Culture Fix (4/5 stars) 52 days ago

Fraught familial dynamics amidst a context of creeping horror, depicted with impressively complex performances and tense, claustrophobic staging helps The Hunger shine.

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