by Una McKevitt & PJ Gallagher
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.
Many psychiatric institutions were closing down and there were few places for long term residents to go. She did everything for them from administering their medication to cutting their hair.
“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.”
Written by Una McKevitt and PJ Gallagher and Starring Katherine Lynch and Shane O’Reilly, Madhouse was a smash-hit sell-out critical success when it premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival in September 2018.
“The first time we did the show I was nervous what my Ma would make of it,” says PJ, “but she absolutely loved it, so I’m excited for the tour now. Having lived through the madness I reckon I might as well try and make a few quid from it!”