The Patient Gloria

Theatre (contemporary, political)

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  • Traverse Theatre - Traverse 1
  • 13:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Ireland
  • Group: Gina Moxley and Abbey Theatre with Pan Pan Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Strong Language/Swearing, Adult themes.
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The Patient Gloria wowed audiences at the Abbey Theatre during its sold-out world premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival. Inspired by the 1965 films Three Approaches To Psychotherapy (the Gloria Films), this provocative and upfront meditation on therapy and female desire in a new political context where misogyny is the winning ticket, is a mash-up of re-enactment, real footage, lived experience and a punk gig. An 'experimental extravaganza' (Irish Independent) featuring 'the bawdiest performance of the year' (, The Patient Gloria is 'very funny, very explicit, very sobering' (Sunday Independent). And therapeutic. It's very therapeutic.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Traverse 1 has a steep rake so if you have any access requirements, there is level access into the building via lift. Duty Manager will show customers into the theatre to their seat/space. If not taking the lift there are 29 steep steps from the bar Bar to Stage Level of Traverse 1.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Alastair Gibbons 109 days ago

Worst show of my Fringe week. Patient Gloria is a boorish mish-mash of confusion. Puerile and relentlessly shrieky, the performance lacks any dramatic interest or genuine acting ability. It could have been interesting if it had been simpler with a tighter premis. It reminded me of an overflowing kitchen sink of dirty debris. Avoid.

Donnie Zuo 114 days ago

Dublin's Abbey Theatre really impressed me when I watched two shows (Two Pints, The Unmanageable Sisters) there in early Aug., and I've been looking forward to this production since -- and it DELIVERED! Daring, edgy, and extremely sensual at times, it was a provocative response to the misogyny and repression in the old days, complete with a vengeance. The punk music and background projections worked together seamlessly with the narrative and really lent the show a special pungent taste. Liv O’Donoghue was luring as she switched between an innocent, vulnerable girl and a femme fatale, and Gina Moxley's portrayal of the three doctors was a tour de force. Also, Traverse Theatre's wide, soft but firm seats were a bonus. One of the best in this year's Fringe, and I wouldn't mind watching it again if I had the time.

Julie Phillips 117 days ago

We rate the Traverse highly and see most of the shows here each year during the Fringe. Rarely disappointed. Sadly this was our disappointment this year

sandra leeming 117 days ago

This show as absolutely fantastic! Such a clever idea - exploring the past in order to make sense of gender identity and politics, and just laughing in the face of the history of male superiority on account of their genitals. Includes the best use of a drone ever witnessed by me. Great stuff. Smart. Funny. Observant.

John Dewhurst 119 days ago

Retelling of a story from the 1960s when "Gloria" was psychoanalysed by 3 different male therapists who filmed their interviews but then showed them on national TV without her permission.
The interviews were then depicted individually by the author/narrator who defined the interviewer by the size of their genitalia and set their interviews in the light of current thinking and #metoo.
The author is supported on stage by a singer/guitarist who adds relevance to the text. The final rendition of Van Morrison's "Gloria" brings the play to an uplifting conclusion.

Natalia Ignatenko 123 days ago

One of the best things we have seen at Traverse this year. The show explored gender politics and identity from the 50s until present day in a highly engaging and moving way. 5/5

Kate Gaul 130 days ago

THE PATIENT GLORIA (Traverse Theatre brilliance yet again!) - Inspired by the 1965 films “Three Approaches to Psychotherapy” (the Gloria Films), a provocative meditation on therapy and female desire in a new political context where misogyny is the winning ticket. Re-enactment, real footage, lived experience, punk gig. Blunt, beautiful, crafty. Intelligent performances from Gina Moxley (also the writer), Liv O’Donoghue, Jane Deasy. It made me laugh, it made me angry and I was very moved when towards the end of the play when three young women join the performers for the final “session”. Bookended with the line “Do you see me?” this is complex and thrilling theatre. 5 cheesy crumbs from me!

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The Independent (4/5 stars) 117 days ago

I had thought The Patient Gloria would be in my first round-up of shows at the Traverse Theatre – but Gina Moxley’s intricate, impish work refused to be squeezed in. Contained. Explained away. Which is apt, frankly....

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The Herald [paywall] (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

If it wasn’t for the woman in a man’s suit knitting a woolly penis at the side of the stage, audiences could be forgiven for thinking they were watching a staging of Mad Men designed by Edward Hopper. A second woman sits on the couch adrift from her surroundings, as...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

Take a seat, won’t you? In today’s session, we’re going to take a look at The Patient Gloria. A surreal examination of Gloria Szymanski, who would allow her therapy sessions with three counsellors to be video-recorded for what she was led to believe was an educational film. Instead, they would...

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Whats On Stage (4/5 stars) 122 days ago

If there's anywhere to expect a model d*ck on a drone soar across an auditorium, it's probably at the Edinburgh Fringe. The moment comes some way into Gina Moxley's The Patient Gloria, which arrives in Scotland following an original run at Dublin's Abbey in 2018. Moxley's show is based on...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 125 days ago

Perhaps it is to be expected in a play about psychotherapy, but The Patient Gloria features a lot of cocks. We are greeted by the writer/director, Gina Moxley, asking the audience if they can see her. She’s be...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 125 days ago

The cackling camp crowd in tonight are so thrilled by the prospect of this show, based upon the films Three Approaches to Psychology (The Gloria Films), that they’re laughing at the jokes before it’s even started. ...

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Exeunt 125 days ago

I arrived at Traverse Theatre late and out of breath and panting; maybe the perfect state for a show that I saw at the sober morning hour of 10am, but has a flushed tipsy heightened energy to it, of alternating shame and sexual tension and transgressive boldness. Writer Gina Moxley...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 125 days ago

In 1964, a set of films were made entitled Three Approaches To Psychotherapy. Directed and produced by Dr. Everett L. Shostrum, they comprised sessions undertaken by three other eminent psychotherapists. The client was a recently divorced young woman called Gloria who was struggling to come to terms with her sexual...

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A Younger Theatre (4/5 stars) 126 days ago

“Can you see me” asks Gina Moxley, cheekily taking centre stage before she leisurely fashions a make -shift penis using only tights and bird seed. It is not the first time we’ve seen some dicks on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe , but perhaps  never as clearly as in Gina...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 128 days ago

In 1965, Gloria Szymanski, a 30-year-old American woman, allowed herself to be filmed while engaged in therapy sessions with three different therapists to illustrate their different approaches. Intended as a teaching tool, the results were screened publicly as Three Approaches to Psychotherapy (also known as The Gloria Films) – without...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 128 days ago

Gina Moxley grabs psychiatry by the balls in The Patient Gloria – a rebellion against misogyny masquerading as therapy. “We’re turned on by way more than we admit to,” the impish Irishwoman says at the start. Her mischievous, dick-swinging show seeks to set female libidos free from the male gaze. In 1960, as...

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