Published in volume Medicine & The Same: two plays
First Staged:
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival, 2021


By Enda Walsh
Published in volume Medicine & The Same: two plays

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.

Medicine is published in the volume Medicine & The Same: two plays.

'One of the most fiercely individual voices in the theatre today' New York Times

Press Quotes

'Flamboyant, funny and surreal'


'Taut and energetic, frequently bleak, but shot through with touches of absurdist humour... burns with searing honesty... It's chilling, powerful, and unforgettable'


'A heartbreaking yet hugely energising and thrilling journey through one man's troubled psyche'


'Takes the stage by storm... It's bizarre, quite extraordinary and mind-boggling'

Broadway Baby

'Devilishly satirical... cuts disturbingly close to the bone'

Sunday Times

Also by Enda Walsh:

Lynndie's Gotta Gun
The New Electric Ballroom
Enda Walsh Plays: One
bedbound & misterman: two plays
The Small Things
Room 303
A Girl's Bedroom
misterman (2001 edition)
Roald Dahl's The Twits
Lazarus: The Complete Book and Lyrics
Once: The Musical
Disco Pigs & Sucking Dublin
The Walworth Farce
Enda Walsh Plays: Two
How These Desperate Men Talk
Medicine & The Same: two plays
Disco Pigs
The Same
Sucking Dublin
The Ginger Ale Boy
My Friend Duplicity

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