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The Patient Gloria


  • Playwright

    Gina Moxley 

  • Adapted From Notes

    Adapted from the Three Approaches to Psychotherapy, also known as The Gloria Films (1965). 

  • Synopsis

    1964, California. A nine year old girl, Pammy, asks the question, “Mommy, did you ever go to bed with anyone besides daddy?” The child’s mother, Gloria, recently divorced and struggling with her new single status, lies “No, honey.” Gloria later wrote in her diary “What was I supposed to say? Of course, dear. Everyone does? Oh shit.”

    Gloria’s discomfort with her own sexual desire, her trying to be good but wanting to be bad, became central to the 1965 films Three Approaches to Psychotherapy, also known as The Gloria Films. The films were intended for academic purposes but given a cinema and TV release, betraying the privacy of the patient Gloria.

    This is a meditation on female desire in a new political context where misogyny is the winning ticket. Things could get messy. Very messy indeed.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    The original production also featured a chorus of five 'Young Women of Ireland'.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Performer Gina Moxley
Performer Liv O'Donoghue
Musician Zoe Ní Riordáin
Production Team  
Director John McIlduff
Production Manager Cliff Barragry
Producer Jen Coppinger
Rehearsal Photography Ros Kavanagh
Poster & Production Photography Luca Truffarelli
Stage Manager Fiona Keller
Production Manager Anthony Hanley
Producer Aoife White
AV Designer Conan McIvor
Lighting Designer Sinead Wallace
Sound Designer Adam Welsh
Costume Designer Sarah Bacon
Set Designer Andrew Clancy
Choreographer Liv O'Donoghue
Stage Manager Tara Furlong

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme.