ECZEMA! is an interdisciplinary performance work, written and directed by Professor Maria Fusco, which was commissioned by National Theatre Wales to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS. It is a 30 minute experimental play written for one voice and a pipe organ, which premiered on 31st July 2018 in BBC Wales Symphony Hall in Cardiff, touring to nationally throughout 2019-2020.
Exploring the life of eczema, a skin condition affecting an estimated 15 million people in the UK, including the writer herself, embodying what it is to live in co-occupation and incessant dialogue with the disease. The work voices the character of eczema suffers everywhere, narrating a polyvocal tale of treatment, suffering and living in co-occupation with the disease. The organ voices the eczema itself, giving a tireless and incessant voice to the disease, which after all affects the skin, the body’s largest organ. ECZEMA! makes a distinctive cultural space for a chronic condition creating new insights into what it is like to live in someone else’s skin.
“An extraordinary text … ECZEMA! excelled in making an artwork about the ‘flammable’ distraction from work.” Holly Pester (Frieze, August 2018)
Watch extracts here