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On from 13 May 2014 till 19 Jun 2014
All Around Town
by adapted from the novel by Knut Hamsun
Genre(s): New Writing

Tickets: £25.00


Adapted from the novel by Knut Hamsun

E5 Bakehouse
Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace
London E8 3PH

Set in the streets of Cristiania (Oslo) in 1890, Hunger is a new adaptation of Knut Hamsun's classic novel by Hobo Theatre, an arts company specialising in making theatre in unconventional venues. Presented in the compact setting of the E5 Bakehouse, in London Fields, from 13th May 2014, bakery visitors will become travellers to another time, another place…

Welcome to Christiania. 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.

If Hunger is the subject of our story, then what better place could there be to taste the wonder of our daily bread than E5, one of London’s most popular artisan bakeries. Its unique intimacy makes 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!”

Hunger is created by award-winning director Jamie Harper. The cast includes: Harriet Green, Andrei Ionescu and Hugo Thurston

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

Dates: 13th May – 19th June, 2014. Tuesdays and Thursdays only at 8pm.


Hobo is a wandering arts company specialising in making theatre in unconventional venues. Hobo’s first production, Roundabout, played in the garden of the Bush Theatre in August 2012 as part of the critically acclaimed Bush Bazaar Festival. They then went on to produce a sell-out run of La Turista: Café Duende at the Tapas restaurant Morito in the spring of 2013. Most recently, Heaven in Berlin, a play with live music about East Germany in the 1980’s was presented in the epic space of Testbed1 in Battersea in the autumn of 2013.

The E5 Bakehouse is an East London artisan bakery and coffee shop serving delicious, daily-baked breads, fresh lunches and homemade cakes using organic, locally-sourced ingredients. Led by Founder Ben MacKinnon, the bakers at E5 are passionate about sourdough and the lost traditions of baking and share their expertise in a weekly bread course.


Jamie Harper, Director

Jamie Harper studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield and trained on the Directors’ Course at LAMDA. Awards include the JMK Directors’ Award and the National Theatre Cohen Bursary for which he was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio. He has recently been shortlisted for the Oxford Samuel Beckett Award for Experimental Theatre and is a recipient of a Winston Churchill Trust Travelling Fellowship.

Directing credits include Heaven in Berlin (Hobo Theatre at Testbed1); The Return of Colmcille (Derry, UK City of Culture Festival); La Turista: Café Duende (Hobo Theatre at Morito Tapas); Roundabout (Bush Theatre);The Wolf (Network Theatre); Invasion (Tooting Arts Club – Time Out Critics' Choice); Our Town (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Beyond the Pale (Southwark Playhouse – The Times, Critics’ Choice); A Real Humane Person Who Cares and All That (Arcola); Invisible Storms (Cock Tavern – Time Out Critics' Choice); Sound Dust (Theatre 503); The Six-Days World (Finborough Theatre); The Things Good Men Do (Lyric Hammersmith); The Vanek Plays (Tristan Bates Theatre); The Infant (Old Red Lion); A Lie of the Mind (BAC); and Left, an improvised play for BBC Radio 4.

Press on previous work by Jamie Harper

“Heaven in Berlin is unpredictable, well-crafted, harsh and at times dream like. Testbed1's empty industrial room in Battersea is effortlessly, cleverly used. Director Jamie Harper draws us around the space well, creating a real sense of being constantly surrounded.”
What's On Stage on Heaven in Berlin
* * * *

“Hobo Theatre's aim is to produce theatre in unconventional locations and the crowded intimacy of one of Exmouth Market's most highly rated eateries certainly fits that bill. The easy conviviality of the space creates a decidedly non-theatrical environment that fits the suggestively dark moods of La Turista perfectly.”
The Public Reviews on La Turista: Cafe Duende
* * * *

“Director Jamie Harper propels this theatrical Escher print forwards at a furious pace…a sassy street-smart production of the first order.”
Time Out on Invasion!
Critics’ Choice * * * *

“This intricate puzzle of a promenade play pulls off a coup of the form…the level of spontaneous unrestrained participation that the ensemble elicits from its audience is astonishing.”
The Times on Beyond the Pale
Critics’ Choice * * * *

“a very timely story of personal culpability and responsibility within the political sphere. It was exceptionally well-paced on the night I watched it, with the story unfolding like a pack of cards; the final twist in the tale slammed on the table like a winning hand at blackjack.”
Time Out on Invisible Storms
Critics’ Choice * * * *


Harriet Green: The Nanny (Soho Theatre); Passion Play (West End); Othello (The Bussey Building); Crypted (Arcola).

Andrei Ionescu: Pockets Full of Bread (Arcola); Solo (Vault Festival); La Turista Cafe Duende (Hobo Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (InterAct Ensemble).

Hugo Thurston: The French Lieutenant's Woman (National Tour); Quartermaine's Terms (National Tour); A Slight Ache (The Gate); Friends Uninvited (Esk Valley Theatre Company). As Producer: Heaven in Berlin (Testbed1); La Turista: Café Duende (Morito Tapas); Roundabout (Bush Theatre); Princess Ivona and The Wolf (both Network Theatre).

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