Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

Past Festivals

Past Event

Gina Moxley and Abbey Theatre, Dublin

The Patient Gloria


'Extraordinary… wicked and witty’ The Scotsman

A wild and experimental extravaganza, this mash-up of re-enactment, real footage, lived experience and a punk gig was a must-see hit at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the Herald Angel Award and Scotsman Fringe First Award. 

In 1965, Gloria, a 30-year-old American woman, allowed herself to be filmed while engaged in therapy sessions with three separate therapists to illustrate their different approaches. Intended as a teaching aid, the results - The Gloria Films - were screened publicly without her consent. 

This is the basis for a provocative, playful and upfront analysis of the way female desire is often minimised and stigmatised, and the nature of the patient-therapist relationship. 

'Moments of true hilarity and brilliance' (Irish Independent) play out from the start in one of ‘the bawdiest performances of the year’ (Exeunt). Irish writer/ performer Gina Moxley grabs psychotherapy by the balls. The Patient Gloria is 'very funny, very explicit, and very sobering' (Sunday Independent). And therapeutic. It’s very therapeutic.

Age 16+

Tue 5–Sat 9 May, 7.30pm
Prices: £10, £15, £18.50, £22.50
£15 Members'
First Night Offer
Festival Standby £10