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

Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival 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 that brought you Walsh’s MistermanBallyturk and Arlington.

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Edinburgh International Festival
4-29 August (In person only)
Tickets on sale Friday 11 June

Galway International Arts Festival
2-18 September (In person tickets are now Sold Out*)
15, 16, 17 & 18 (Live-streamed)
20-26 September (On Demand)
Book Tickets here.

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 call ‘mentally ill‘.

This production features a sensational cast – Clare BarrettAoife Duffin and Domhnall Gleeson, accompanied by 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, with live drumming composed and performed by Seán Carpio.

Image Credit: Alex Sapienza

GIAF Booking Information
Tickets for in person performances are now sold out. Under current government public health guidelines, capacity is limited to 50 people. The venue capacity may increase in August, pending government guidelines. Stay tuned for updates or join our mailing list here. Please Note: Online performances are not currently available to viewers in the United States and Canada. We are hoping they will be available at a later date, and are actively working towards bringing that about. 

Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council for making the performances in Galway possible, and to Culture Ireland for supporting the performances in Edinburgh.


Clare Barrett
Aoife Duffin
Domhnall Gleeson
with Seán Carpio

Creative Team

Written and Directed by Enda Walsh
Composer Teho Teardo
Set Designer Jamie Vartan
Lighting Designer Adam Silverman
Sound Designer Helen Atkinson
Costume Designer Joan O’Clery
Live Drumming Composed and Performed by Seán Carpio
Associate Director Eoghan Carrick