Medicine

TRAVERSE THEATRE, EDINBURGH

Wednesday, August 18, 8pm
Friday, August 20, 8pm
Describer: Christopher McKiddie

Edinburgh International Festival. Domhnall Gleeson leads a formidable cast in a new play from revered Irish playwright Enda Walsh. Devastatingly funny and pro-foundly moving, Medicine examines social responses to mental health concerns, while deconstructing the fabric of theatrical performance. John Kane sits on a hos-pital 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 perfor-mance becomes a kind of therapy.