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All You Need is LSD
Methuen Drama

All You Need is LSD

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All You Need is LSD
Author(s): Leo Butler

The drug laws in this country- the drug laws IN THE WORLD - all stem from this attitude that pleasure is a bad thing...

In 2015, acclaimed British playwright Leo Butler accepted an invitation from former Government drugs tsar, Professor David Nutt, to be a guinea pig in the world's first LSD medical trials since the 1960s. Monty Python, Being John Malkovich, and Alice in Wonderland all resonate in this exhilarating and original comedy as we watch Leo jump down the rabbit-hole of a medical trial in search of enlightenment - and a good story.

Along the way he meets an array of characters from Aldous Huxley and The Beatles, to Steve Jobs and Ronald Reagan, whose own stories in the history of LSD are hilariously and poignantly uncovered.

Does the world still need a psychedelic revolution? And will Leo make it back home in time for tea?

Part history, party wild fantasy, this darkly humorous new play illuminates the drugs debate that won't go away and examines the freedom we have to make our own choices in life, and death.


“Butler's dialogue combines naturalistic chat, a musical sense of phrase and pause, and surreal episodes” —Independent (on Boy)

“This lush, savage, nightmarish imagining of colonial Ireland circa 1762 suggests an imagination that has suddenly, gloriously and recklessly taken wing.” —Time Out (on I'll Be the Devil)

“Leo Butler's fine new play brings teeming London on to the stage” —Observer (on Boy)

“The influence of Beckett is clearly visible in Butler's new play, in which aimlessness is distilled with alchemical concentration into poetry.” —Telegraph (on Boy)

ISBN:  9781350101241