Black Box Theatre, Galway International Arts Festival, Galway
September 2021 (Full details to be announced)

Black Box Theatre, Galway International Arts Festival Autumn Edition, Galway
26 September 2020 (Work-in-Progress showing)


written and directed by Enda Walsh
starring Clare Barrett, Aoife Duffin and Domhnall Gleeson, with Sean Carpio
Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

Following a work–in–progress showing at Galway International Arts Festival’s Autumn Edition in September 2020, this new play by Enda Walsh will now premiere at GIAF in September 2021. Medicine is a devastatingly funny and moving meditation on how, for decades, we have treated those we call mentally ill.

How long have you been here, John?
    I don’t know.
And what brought you here?
    That’s difficult to answer.

The stage directions say that the audience will be looking at a rehearsal space or perhaps a sound stage, a studio of some sort. Maybe it’s just a stage in a theatre. A man called John Kane is sitting on a hospital gurney, and very shortly a jazz percussionist, two women called Mary, a very old man and a giant lobster will arrive.

Then everything will start.

The sensational cast starring Clare Barrett, Aoife Duffin and Domhnall Gleeson, is accompanied by Sean Carpio as Enda Walsh once again shines a light on the darkest corners of our collective stories. Working with his regular team of world–class collaborators – designers Jamie Vartan [set], Adam Silverman [lighting], Helen Atkinson [sound], Joan O’Clery [costume] and composer Teho Teardo.

Enda Walsh’s recent work includes the musical Sing Street; the stage adaptation of Max Porter’s book Grief is the Thing with Feathers; The Same; The Second Violinist, an opera with Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy; the musical Lazarus, written with David Bowie; and the ongoing immersive theatre installations Rooms, made with Paul Fahy. He won a Tony Award for writing the book of the musical Once.

Medicine is supported by the Arts Council. The production will premiere at Galway International Arts Festival in September 2021.


Clare BarrettAoife DuffinDomhnall Gleesonwith Sean Carpio


Written and Directed by Enda WalshComposer Teho TeardoSet Designer Jamie VartanLighting Designer Adam SilvermanSound Designer Helen AtkinsonCostume Designer Joan O’CleryAssociate Director Eoghan Carrick