Billed as “hilarious”, “flamboyant” and “surreal”, MEDICINE by Enda Walsh is a powerful meditation on “what happens when a person hasn’t been loved or looked after properly”, and how we treat those who don’t quite fit into society.
Walsh’s 2021 text, which frequently shatters the boundaries between performers and the audience, masterfully explores the themes of boyhood, identity, grief and love. The production marks the Drama Department’s most ambitious project to date, and combines theatre, clowning, animation, music and physical theatre in a spellbinding multi-media experience. With musical direction by Eraneé de Beer, MEDICINE sees the Drama Department collaborate with Wilhelm Disbergen, one of South Africa’s leading set and lighting designers, showcases the work of animator Nell van der Merwe, and features, alongside a sensational cast of Albanian performers, the talents of professional actors and singers Inge Crawford Lazarus and Werno Oosthuizen, choreographer Nokulunga Ncongwane and photographer and video artist Thomas Masingi. The production is directed by Jaco van Wyk.