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.
Gloria is gloriously avenged by Gina Moxley’s irreverent, gutsy, hilariously funny, and strangely moving mash-up of punk rock, satire and yes, therapy.
WINNER – 2019 Scotsman Fringe First Award
WINNER – 2019 Herald Angel Award
New York Times Critics Pick – November 2022
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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
Stage Manager: Fiona Keller
Production Manager: Anthony Hanley
Producer: Emma Coen
“Rebellious… playful… deliciously arch grade of satire” – The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)
“Moxley has turned pain into a party. By the end, you might be dancing along.” – The New Yorker
“An indelible stage picture I won’t forget soon.” – The New Yorker
“Bold, brilliant, and highly original” ؘ– The Scotsman
“Male psychotherapists feel the heat…waywardly funny” – The Guardian
“Gloria is intensely intelligent and guilelessly sexual.” – The New Yorker
Pan Pan is proudly supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council
Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.
Contains sexual themes and images. Recommended for ages 12 and up.