Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival Present the World Premiere of Medicine by Enda Walsh

2 June 2021

Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival are partnering once more to bring to the stage a new play by acclaimed playwright Enda Walsh.

World premiere
7 August 2021
Traverse Theatre, as part of Edinburgh International Festival
4 - 29 August 2021

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Opening Saturday 4 Sept 2021
Black Box Theatre, as part of Galway International Arts Festival
2 - 18 September 2021

Tickets on sale 4 June 2021

Medicine, which will premiere this August at the Traverse Theatre as part of the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival, stars multi-award-winning actor Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina, Brooklyn, Star Wars VIII & IX, Black Mirror, Catastrophe, The Lieutenant of Inishmore). Domhnall is joined by a sensational cast including Clare Barrett, Aoife Duffin and percussionist Sean Carpio in this new production.

Audiences in Galway had the chance to experience a work-in-progress presentation of this much-anticipated production last September and the full production will have its Irish premiere in the Black Box Theatre as part of Galway International Arts Festival in September 2021.

The creative team reunites Enda with his long-time collaborators Jamie Vartan (Set Designer), Adam Silverman (Lighting Designer), Teho Teardo (Composer), Helen Atkinson (Sound Designer) and Joan O'Clery (Costume Designer).

Enda Walsh said, “Every time it's a real privilege to make work and get to show it - but this year it’s immensely joyful to do so. ‘Medicine’ circles around themes I’m forever preoccupied with. Absent love, isolation, unfixed memories, our need to connect with each other. Of course it sounds like an abbreviation for the past 15 months - but theatre for me is about taking us elsewhere - to a world that’s sort of ours but not ours. I hope that in its strange (and at times unhinged) expression - that’s what this production of Medicine will do.”

Speaking today Domhnall Gleeson said, “I cannot believe that at long last a theatre, a crowd, and those butterflies are about to return. Enda’s new play promises laughs, sadness, madness and love - but will only make sense when there are people with us in the room. Thank you Landmark, GIAF and Edinburgh for making it happen.”

About Medicine by Enda Walsh

Medicine is a devastatingly funny and moving meditation on how, for decades, we have treated those we call mentally ill.

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.

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 will start.

Medicine is a dark and frequently absurdist work that shatters the boundary between cast and audience: actors are interrupted by crew members, technical mechanics happen on stage, and performance becomes a kind of therapy. The audience’s laughter becomes complicit in the creation of a surreal universe that shifts abruptly into moments of emotional poignancy.

Medicine runs at the Black Box Theatre, Galway from 2 - 18 September 2021.

In-person tickets went on sale at 9am this Friday, June 4 and are now sold out. Capacity may increase in August, pending government guidelines. Please join our mailing list to be notified about any updates. In line with Irish government restrictions, capacity is limited to 50 people for each performance. Ticket prices range from €25 - €35.

Tickets for four livestreamed performances (15 - 18 September) go on sale at 9am on Friday 11 June.

Tickets for the Galway dates will be available from giaf.ie

About Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

Landmark Productions is one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers. It produces wide-ranging work in Ireland, and shares that work with international audiences. Led by Anne Clarke since the company’s foundation in 2003, its productions have received multiple awards and have been seen in leading theatres in London, New York and beyond. It produces a wide range of ambitious work – plays, operas and musicals – in theatres ranging from the 66-seat New Theatre to the 1,254-seat Olympia. It co-produces regularly with a number of partners, including, most significantly, Galway International Arts Festival and Irish National Opera.

Landmark’s 20 world premieres include new plays by major Irish writers such as Enda Walsh and Mark O’Rowe, featuring a roll-call of Ireland’s finest actors, directors and designers. Numerous awards include the Judges’ Special Award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, in recognition of ‘sustained excellence in programming and for developing imaginative partnerships to bring quality theatre to the Irish and international stage’; and a Special Tribute Award for Anne Clarke, for her work as ‘a producer of world-class theatre in the independent sector in Ireland’.

In January 2021 it established Landmark Live, a new online streaming platform which enables it to bring the thrill of live theatre to audiences around the world.

Galway International Arts Festival: Founded in 1978 Galway International Arts Festival is a major cultural organisation, which produces one of Europe’s leading international arts festivals; develops and produces new work that tours nationally and internationally; and presents a major discussion platform, First Thought Talks.

The Festival traditionally takes place each July in Galway, Ireland with an annual attendance of 260,000. Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic the 44th Galway International Arts Festival will take place from 28 August – 18 September 2021.

Galway International Arts Festival [GIAF] has a rich tradition of producing award-winning and engaging work, which premieres at the Festival and goes on to tour nationally and internationally. In recent years, GIAF has toured to London, New York, Edinburgh, Chicago, Adelaide, Sydney, Hong Kong and Washington. A number of major new Irish theatre productions and visual art commissions, including most recently John Gerrard’s stunning Mirror Pavilion have received their world premieres at the Festival.

Landmark Productions is supported by the Arts Council through Arts Grant Funding.

Galway International Arts Festival is supported by the Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland, NUI Galway and Flogas.

The performances in Edinburgh are supported by Culture Ireland.

Medicine was developed with the support of the National Theatre of Great Britain.