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Wonder Drug
Comedy + New Writing

Wonder Drug

A rollicking course of intravenous antibiotics set to 80s bangers!

Charlie has cystic fibrosis, a condition that causes a build-up of mucus. Lovely. But with a new girlfriend & a Wonder Drug called Kaftrio on the horizon, what can stop him now?

"How about an E. coli infection?" says the universe. "Oh, & a pandemic brought about by a virus you’re vulnerable to." "Balls", says Charlie.

Join Charlie Merriman for a rollicking course of intravenous antibiotics set to 80s bangers, fresh from its acclaimed sell-out run at VAULT Festival!

Come meet the bugs Charlie's had & the drugs that treat them as he takes a fresh look at the relationship between physical & mental health.

Will the government follow their own lockdown guidelines? Spoiler: no. Will Charlie resist the thrill of daytime TV? Spoiler: no. And will the dashing new Wonder Drug save the day? No spoilers.


'TED talk meets stand-up gig meets quick change show… It’s wonderfully whimsical★★★★★ Liam O'Dell


Writer & Performer | Charlie Merriman
Director | Helen Eastman
Associate Director | Sam Rayner
Composer | Alex Silverman
Designer | Mollie Cheek
Production Company | Live Canon
Voiceovers | Simone McIntyre & Jason Forbes
Photography | Anna Watson

Ticket Price

£10 - £17.50


28 Feb - 12 March


King's Head Theatre



Duration | 60 minutes approx.
Age Guidance | 12+
Content Warnings | Themes of mental & physical health throughout - e.g. OCD tendencies, medical equipment including syringes & mimed injection through a line, notions of transplants & life expectancy. Disco lights (not strobe). Some strong language.



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