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  • Playwright

    Enda Walsh 

  • Synopsis

    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. A meditation on how, for decades, we have treated those we have called ‘mentally ill’.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    The script also features a drummer and a number of recorded voices.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    07 August 2021

  • Producer

    Produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

  • Original Venue

    Traverse Theatre

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The same production opened in Ireland on 4th September 2021, in the Black Box Theatre, as part of Galway International Arts Festival. It was also streamed over Landmark Live, a streaming platform for the company. 

Original Cast  
John Domhnall Gleeson
Voices Cormac Quinlan
Voices Tadhg Murphy
Voices Mikel Murfi
Voices Aaron Monaghan
Voices Sean McGinley
Voices Toby Lavelle
Voices Daniel Harrison
Voices Seannan Forde
Voices Zara Devlin
Voices Cathy Belton
Drummer Seán Carpio
Mary 2 Clare Barrett (1)
Mary 1 Aoife Duffin
Voices Marty Rea
Production Team  
Administrator Catherine Finn
Company Manager Morgan Steele
Producer Paul Fahy
Producer Anne Clarke
Stagehand Frank Commins
Wardrobe Maintenance Adrienne Walsh
Wig Maintenance Gráinne Coughlan
Production Engineer Mike Nestor
Sound Operator Richard Curwood
Publicist Sinead O'Doherty
Cover Photo Alex Sapienza
Marketing Sinead McPhillips
Assistant Producer Jack Farrell
Digital Producer Hugh Farrell
Motion Graphics Sayonara Bittencourt
Graphic Design Hilda Reid
Graphic Design Gareth Jones
Production Photography Jess Shurte
Rehearsal Photography Sarah Weal
Lighting Programmer Matt Burke
Set Supervisor Danny Hones
Technical Manager Tom Rohan
Associate Sound Designer Sinéad Diskin
Associate Lighting Designer George Ekers
Associate Director Eoghan Carrick
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Sound Designer Helen Atkinson
Lighting Designer Adam Silverman
Set Designer Jamie Vartan
Composer Teho Teardo
Associate Sound Designer Jamie Ford
Hair & Make-Up Ola Szczygiel
Technical Manager Colm Robinson
Deputy Stage Manager Sophie Flynn
Stage Manager Kate Watkins
Production Manager Eamonn Fox
Props Supervisor Lizzie Chapman
Costume Supervisor Maggie Kennedy
Costume Supervisor Eleanor Dolan
Fight Director Philip d’Orléans
Director Enda Walsh

Published Scripts

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Source Of Information

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