Medicine (Edinburgh International Festival)

A Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival production, presented by EIF in association with the Traverse Theatre By Enda Walsh

In person Wed 4 - Sun 29 Aug

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Domhnall Gleeson leads a formidable cast in a new play from revered Irish playwright Enda Walsh. Devastatingly funny and profoundly moving, Medicine examines social responses to mental health concerns, while deconstructing the fabric of theatrical performance.

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.

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.

Part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Supported by Culture Ireland

Performance dates

Preview 4–6 Aug - 8pm (£32)

7, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 Aug - 8pm (£37)

10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28 Aug - 2pm (£37)

29 Aug - 6.30pm (£37)

Please note that all ticket bookings for Medicine must be made through the Edinburgh International Festival website.

Public booking opens on Fri 11 June at 10am.


  • Writer & DirectorEnda Walsh
  • Set DesignerJamie Vartan
  • Lighting DesignerAdam Silverman
  • Sound DesignerHelen Atkinson
  • Costume DesignerJoan O'Clery
  • ComposerTeho Teardo
  • Cast includesClare Barrett, Sean Carpio, Aoife Duffin and Domhnall Gleeson