Pure Medicine is coming to The Dock after two sold-out shows with stellar reviews in Axis Ballymun. Written & Performed by Cahal Flynn. Directed by Elizabeth “Betty” Duffy
"Absolutely unique and riveting"
"This story needs to be told again and again"
In this one-man show, Cahal Flynn explores his childhood in rural Ireland, reminiscing about a time when old boys told tales by the fire and a story could take you on an adventure.
“In the 1980s the Midland Health Board threw out a fine suggestion that families get paid to take in old folk with nowhere to go. Some old country houses gave up a few rooms. For a brief period of my childhood, a few old men moved in. They came with nothing but clothes and stories, and before they left, they took their soulful stories and their sad eyes and their gappy grins and their long songs and buried them into the mortar of our home. They were skinny and fat and funny flawed and earthy and pure, real and unreal…”
Playwright and author Cahal Flynn grew up on the banks of the Shannon. Originally from Newtownforbes, Flynn has strong family connections in Rooskey and County Leitrim. Having taken up non-fiction writing over ten years ago, he has more recently been writing for the stage. His highly successful debut was played at The Axis Ballymun in Summer 2022 to sold-out audiences.
Director Elizabeth Duffy is an actress, drama facilitator, and director with over 20 years of experience. Most recently, she has represented Ireland as an artist for Buzz Europe Network in Germany and is involved in mentoring different aerial artists and directing within Taking Flight, Education and Performance. I wonder what their stories are, those old people?