Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival


written and directed by Enda Walsh

starring Clare Barrett, Aoife Duffin and Domhnall Gleeson, with Seán Carpio

Medicine by Enda Walsh makes its U.S. premiere at Brooklyn's St Ann's Warehouse (11 November - 5 December 2021, with live broadcasts available to audiences in the U.S. and Canada)

About the Show

How long have you been here, John?
— I don’t know.
And what’s brought you here?
— That’s difficult to answer.

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 called ‘mentally ill’.

Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival – the team that brought you Misterman, Ballyturk and Arlington – are partnering once more to bring to the stage a new play by Enda Walsh.

This production features a sensational cast 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.

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When & Where to Watch Medicine

Edinburgh International Festival
4-29 August 2021

Galway International Arts Festival
Black Box Theatre
2-18 September
Streaming: 15-18 September 2021
On Demand 19-26 September 2021

St Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York
11 November - 5 December 2021
Live broadcast (US & Canada only): 21, 28 November & 5 December 2021

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.

★★★★★ ‘superb production … the text is beautifully and bravely teased out by a magnificent cast’ The Scotsman
★★★★★ 'Domhnall Gleeson is soul-shuddering … wonderfully explosive Aoife Duffin … Clare Barrett on barnstorming form' The Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Flamboyant, funny and surreal…played superbly by Domhnall Gleeson…' The Guardian
★★★★ 'a simple pointer to how clinging on to each other for dear life, together, side by side, is the only way to survive the storm.' The Herald
★★★★★ ‘Magnificent performances…outstanding actors.’ Sunday Times Ireland
‘An artful triumph. Unmissable.’ Business Post
‘Extraordinary performances by Clare Barrett and Aoife Duffin.’ A superlatively underplayed John by Domhnall Gleeson.’ Sunday Independent
‘Enthrals and entertains.’ Irish Independent