MADHOUSE is based on the unbelievable true life story of comedian PJ Gallagher. When PJ was ten, his Ma, a nurse, moved six men with schizophrenia into the family home to care for them full time.
“It was like this. When you went through our front door and turned right, you were in mad land, where the mad lads lived. And when you turned left – me, Ma, Da and the dog. It was madness. Absolute madness.”
It’s raining outside and he’s stuck indoors; Ma’s restocking the industrial-sized pill cabinet, Da’s in the pub, Martin’s doing laps of the garden, Marv is missing and Mump can see a gorilla in the hall.
Written by Una McKevitt & PJ Gallagher.
Story by Una McKevitt
Starring Katherine Lynch & Shane O’Reilly
Madhouse is supported by The Arts Council, Project Arts Centre and The Pavilion Theatre.
“Madhouse is crazy good. It’s a pacy, brilliantly written production full of PJ’s trademark humour – honest and observational without ever being cruel.”
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“It’s a joyously kind, touching piece and very funny.” Sunday Independent
“A fusion of penetrating insights and standup – the spirited yet loving mother, son portrayal works exceptionally well.” The Sunday Times