written and directed by Enda Walsh
starring Clare Barrett, Aoife Duffin and Domhnall Gleeson, with Seán CarpioLandmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ’superb production … a magnificent cast’
★ ★ ★ ★ ★‘pitch-perfect, hilarious … unforgettable … Domhnall Gleeson is outstanding’
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ’this year’s flagship play’
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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.
Medicine is a dark and frequently absurdist work that shatters the boundary between cast and audience. It is a devastatingly funny and moving meditation on how, for decades, we have treated those we have called ‘mentally ill’.
This production features a sensational cast – Clare Barrett, Aoife Duffin and Domhnall Gleeson, with drummer, Seán Carpio, – as Enda Walsh once again shines a light on the darkest corners of our collective stories. Walsh returns 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, with live drumming composed and performed by Seán Carpio.
Running Time | 90 minutes (no interval)
Age Suitability | For ages 16+
Download the show programme here.
Medicine is a Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival production, the team that brought you Walsh’s Misterman, Ballyturk and Arlington. It received its world premiere at Edinburgh International Festival in August 2021 prior to its opening at GIAF 2021 in September and New York transfer to St. Ann’s Warehouse in November.
Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council for making the performances in Galway possible, and to Culture Ireland for supporting the performances in Edinburgh and in New York.
Image Credit: Domhnall Gleeson photographed by Alex Sapienza