PAN PAN and Gina Moxley present The Patient Gloria by Gina Moxley
THE BLACK BOX
A nine year old girl, Pammy, asks, “Mommy, did you ever go to bed with anyone besides daddy?” The child’s mother, Gloria, recently divorced and uncomfortable with her sexual desire, lies “No, honey''
Gloria later wrote in her diary “What was I supposed to say? Of course dear, everyone does? Oh shit.”
This exchange became central to the 1965 films Three Approaches to Psychotherapy or The Gloria Films. The project was the idea of psychotherapist Dr Everett Shostrum, who directed and produced, enlisting three eminent psychotherapists to work with a thirty year old, chain smoking, loquacious divorcee named Gloria.
His avowed intention was to show the films to college psychology students to give them an insight into what's usually a private process but he subsequently released the films in cinemas and on TV, betraying the privacy of the patient Gloria. A punky mash up of re-enactment, actual footage and lived experience, The Patient Gloria is a gloriously ballsy meditation on therapy, misogyny and female desire. And it grabs psychotherapy where it really hurts.
Selected press quotes: Winner of Scotsman Fringe First Award & Herald Angel Award ★★★★ “Bold, brilliant and highly original.” – The Scotsman ★★★★ “Grabs psychiatry by the balls.” – Fest Magazine “Rebellious… playful… deliciously arch grade of satire” – New York Times (Critic’s Pick) “An indelible stage picture I won’t forget soon.” – The New Yorker
Credits: Cast: Gina Moxley, Liv O’Donoghue, Jane Deasy Writer: Gina Moxley Director: John McIlduff Choreographer: Liv O'Donoghue Set Design: Andrew Clancy Costume Design: Sarah Bacon Sound Design: Adam Welsh Lighting Design: Sinéad Wallace AV Design: Conan McIvor Executive Producer: Tríona Ní Dhuibhir Producer: Emma Coen Supported by the Arts Council and Culture Ireland
Contains sexual themes and images, strong language, haze, loud noises.