Medicine & The Same : two plays
Published by Nick Hern Books
2 Male 2 Female
How long have you been here, John?
– I don't know
And what brought you here?
– That's difficult to answer
John Kane sits on a hospital trolley
Very shortly, a giant lobster, two women called Mary, a very old man and a jazz percussionist arrive
Then everything starts
Enda Walsh's Medicine is a dark and frequently absurdist play
Devastatingly funny and profoundly moving, it examines how, for decades, we have treated those we call 'mentally ill'
It was first produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival as part of the 2021 Edinburgh International Festival, prior to performances in Galway and New York
It was directed by Enda Walsh, with a cast including Clare Barrett, Aoife Duffin and Domhnall Gleeson, with drummer Seán Carpio
This edition also includes Walsh's play The Same, about two women who meet in a psychiatric institution
Published here for the first time, it was produced by Corcadorca in 2017, and won 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 humour ... burns with searing honesty ... It's chilling, powerful, and unforgettable" ~ Whatsonstage (on Medicine)
"A heartbreaking yet hugely energising and thrilling journey through one man's troubled psyche" ~ Scotsman (on Medicine)
"Takes the stage by storm ... It's bizarre, quite extraordinary and mind-boggling" ~ Broadway Baby (on Medicine)
"One of the most fiercely individual voices in the theatre today" ~ New York Times