The Abbey Theatre and Gina Moxley, in association with Pan Pan

The Patient Gloria

28 September - 6 October 2018

Booking Information

Dates: 28 September – 6 October
On the Peacock Stage

Preview: 28 September

Time: 8pm

Tickets: €25 / Conc. €20

Early Bird tickets available until 13 August.

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 212

Female desire is still a handful. The Patient Gloria is a new work by Gina Moxley, inspired by the 1965 films Three Approaches To Psychotherapy, also known as The Gloria Films.

1964, California. A nine year old girl, Pammy, asks the question, “Mommy, did you ever go to bed with anyone besides daddy?” The child’s mother, Gloria, recently divorced and struggling with her new single status, lies “No, honey.” Gloria later wrote in her diary “What was I supposed to say? Of course, dear. Everyone does? Oh shit.”

Gloria’s discomfort with her own sexual desire, her trying to be good but wanting to be bad, became central to the 1965 films Three Approaches to Psychotherapy, also known as The Gloria Films. The films were intended for academic purposes but given a cinema and TV release, betraying the privacy of the patient Gloria.

This is a timely meditation on female desire in a new political context where misogyny is the winning ticket. Things could get messy. Very messy indeed.



  • Cast: Gina Moxley
  • Cast: Liv O’Donoghue
  • Musician: Cáit O’Riordan
  • Writer: Gina Moxley
  • Directer: John McIlduff
  • Choreographer: Liv O'Donoghue
  • Set Design: Andrew Clancy
  • Costume Design: Sarah Bacon
  • Sound Design: Adam Welsh
  • Lighting Design: Sinéad Wallace
  • Producer: Aoife White
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