DOI: 10.5040/9781784602345.00000003
Roles: Male (4) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

Caryl Churchill's Lovesick is a short radio play that takes a satirical look at the abuses of psychiatry. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 8 April 1967.

Hodge is a psychiatrist practising aversion therapy to rid his patients of sexual or romantic preferences that interfere with their lives. But he falls in love with Ellen, a patient he's treating who is in love with Kevin, a homosexual man whom Hodge is also treating. His medical interfering produces unexpected results when Kevin’s disapproving brother, Robert, switches the cures so that Kevin falls in love with Hodge and Ellen ends up despising all men.

The BBC Radio 3 production was directed by John Tydeman, with Anthony Hall as Hodge, Harold Kasket as Max, Gudrun Ure as Ellen, Ian Thompson as Robert, Clive Merrison as Kevin and Margaret Robertson as Jessica.

From Caryl Churchill: Shorts


Nick Hern Books

Caryl Churchill

ISBN: 9781854590855

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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