Wallace Shawn’s solo play THE FEVER premiered in 1990 and was the winner of the 1991 Obie Award for Best Play. 98.6  Theatre presents the Irish premiere of the piece, which resonates deeply in the current economic climate. While visiting a poverty-stricken country far from home, the unnamed narrator of The Fever is forced to witness the political persecution occurring just beyond a hotel window.

The play interrogates the boundaries between the first and third worlds, between rich and poor, and the difference between personal and political responsibility. In today’s world, what does it mean to have a conscience? How do you justify your own lifestyle? How do you reconcile your position in the current ever-changing global landscape? In a coruscating monologue, The Fever is most of all an eloquent meditation on living a life with conscience and action in ethical relationship to others in the world.

What people have said:

‘Absorbing’ On Hanratty’s Caligula 2009, The Irish Times

'Anne Gill’s refined elegance is the focus'- Durang Durang 2011, entertainment.ie

'The Fever is a Controversial study of the growing chasm between the first and the third world, a drama that employs animation and thought-provoking first-person monologues to explore the concept of bourgeois privilege' - The New Yorker


Written by Wallace Shawn
Directed by Conor Hanratty
Performed by Annie Gill
Lighting and Set designed by Sarah Jane Sheils
Sound Design: Alma Kelliher
Stage Manager: Christina Matthew
Produced by Matt Smyth