“One of the most fiercely individual voices in theatre today.” —New York Times
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 play. Devastatingly funny and profoundly moving, it examines how, for decades, we have treated those who we call “mentally ill.”
It was first produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, prior to performances in Galway and Brooklyn.
This edition also includes Walsh’s play The Same, about two women who meet in a psychiatric institution, which won the The Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for Best Play.
"Flamboyant, funny and surreal."~Guardian on Medicine
"Taut and energetic, frequently bleak, but shot through with touches of absurdist humor... burns with searing honesty... It's chilling, powerful, and unforgettable."~Whatsonstage on Medicine
“Enda Walsh’s new play is a heartbreaking yet hugely energizing and thrilling journey through one man’s troubled past.”~Scotsman on Medicine
"Takes the stage by storm... It's bizarre, quite extraordinary and mind-boggling."~Broadway Baby on Medicine
"Devilishly satirical... cuts disturbingly close to the bone."~Sunday Times on Medicine
“In this room echo the ghosts of Ireland’s failures: tribunals, institutionalization and complicity. Cruelty is repeated again and again. Only a few a small acts of humanity intervene to mark the passage of time. It is impossible to look away.” ~The Irish Times on Medicine
“Medicine, as directed by Walsh himself, is pitch-perfect, hilarious, terrifying and revelatory. Unforgettable.” ~The Observer on Medicine