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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.


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




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