Maria Fusco

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