1508. France. A woman dances compulsively – and soon hundreds join her.
1962. Tanzania. A schoolgirl's laughing fit spreads from village to village.
2011. USA. Cheerleaders are overcome by uncontrollable twitching.
2023. London. A group of women suddenly lose the ability to speak – and no one can figure out why. The team at an all-female podcast decide to investigate and end up on a journey of discovery, uncovering more than they bargained for.
The Maladies by Carmen Nasr is a powerful, provocative play, offering rich material for schools, colleges and youth theatres, particularly those looking for leading roles for young women.
"Charming and thought-provoking... gives voices to the voiceless... really powerful and nuanced writing from Nasr, whose source material gives the cast a lot to sink their teeth into."- The Upcoming
"Really appealing and relevant… the characters all have a connection that students will connect to and playing out a story through different time periods would be a lot of fun… ideal for school performance, but would also make a great stimulus for GCSE or A Level work."- Drama & Theatre magazine