Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival


written and directed by Enda Walsh
starring Clare Barrett, Aoife Duffin
and Domhnall Gleeson
with Seán Carpio

Tickets for live-stream and on demand performances on sale now. (Not currently available to viewers in the US and Canada*)

Tickets to see Medicine in person at GIAF 2021 went on sale at 9am on Friday 4 June and are now SOLD OUT.** Please join our mailing list to be notified about any updates.

How long have you been here, John?
— I don’t know.
And what’s 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. 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.

Galway International Arts Festival and Landmark Productions are partnering once more to bring to the stage a new play by Enda Walsh. Medicine will receive its world premiere performance at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival in August prior to its opening at GIAF 2021 in September. Medicine is the latest co-production from Landmark and GIAF the team who brought you Walsh’s Misterman, Ballyturk and Arlington.

Medicine is a dark and frequently absurdist work that shatters the boundary between cast and audience. The audience’s laughter becomes complicit in the creation of a surreal universe that shifts abruptly into moments of emotional poignancy. Medicine is a devastatingly funny and moving meditation on how, for decades, we have treated those we call mentally ill.

This production features a sensational cast – Clare Barrett, Aoife Duffin and Domhnall Gleeson, accompanied by 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.

In-Person Performances, Black Box Theatre Galway
2-18 September

Live-stream Performances

8pm 15, 16, 17 & 18 September

Watch On Demand
20-26 September

*Please Note: The online performances are not currently available to viewers in the United States and Canada. We are actively working to ensure they will be available at a later date. If you would like to be the first to hear when tickets for viewers in the US and Canada go on sale, please sign up here.

Tour Dates
Edinburgh International Festival
4-29 August 2021

**Please note that, under current government public health guidelines, capacity at this event is limited to 50 people. Maximum two tickets per booking.

The venue capacity may increase to 100 in August, pending government guidelines. If this occurs, more in-person tickets will be released. Please join our mailing list to be notified about any updates.

About Enda Walsh

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.

Backstage at the Festival
16 September
Post-show talk with the company
Moderator. Prof Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please contact the Box Office for accessible seating reservations upon booking tickets.