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Remedies

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Work in progress.  `Remedies.`  It had a rehearsed reading once at the White Bear Theatre in Kennington, after which I rewrote it. A group of lovely actors came with actor/director Andrew Husband so I could hear it read. At the same time actress Sara Dee set up a readthrough for me in London. Though grateful to all the above, I was still not satisfied with it.

The play is about the illness  `M. E.`Post-viral Syndrome.` or `Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.`  It is about belief, self-belief, relationships, and the conflict between evidence-based science-based medicine, and the big world of complementary medicine.  

The plot? Karen is recovering, slowly, inexorably, from `M E.` Harry her GP husband doesn`t `believe` in it, although he acknowledges she has been ill and is slowly recovering. Stubbornly he insists on calling the illness `whatever it is,` sticking to principles of science.  His mantra is: `I do not understand this illness.` Karen`s cousin Lynn and her husband Colin are accepting and supportive of her. In a previous episode of the illness Karen attended a course in Modern Thought which gave her new ways of thinking about life, reality, knowledge, and herself. In a subplot, Karen and Lynn have their own conflict of meaning, truth, evidence, which relates to a tragic and personal family issue.  When Karen decides to do an introductory course in homeopathy, the chasm between her and Harry gets deeper. Harry, is loyal to science, whatever the personal cost, and is set for a final showdown with his wife, her cousin, and cousin-in-law. I have been intrigued by the biography of Samuel Hanemann, founder of Homeopathy, while researching the play, and enjoyed reading the books and articles by Professor Edzard Ernst.  To discuss this topical piece, contact me. 

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