In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl


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  • Matinee

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In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating “hysteria” in women: the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor’s laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter—and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. When a new “hysterical” patient and her husband bring a wet nurse and their own complicated relationship into the doctor’s home, Dr. and Mrs. Givings must examine the nature of their own marriage and how the doctor’s radical new therapy affects the entire household. This electrifying comedy questions the nature of relationship, intimacy and what it really means to seek connection.

This production contains lashings of innuendo, scenes of a purely medical nature and absolutely no mention of the word “vibrator”.

Suitable for 16+



  • Director David Horan
  • Set and Costume Design Maree Kearns
  • Lighting Design Kevin Smith
  • Sound Design Ivan Birthistle