Adam Strauss: The Mushroom Cure

When an uncertain young American was experiencing the fallout of the sixties in the form of psilocybin, he learned one very valuable lesson he would not forget in a hurry: buckle your seatbelt for the long run because you are now a passenger on one hell of a trip. Everything the Beatles sang about makes perfect sense; dogs come in a variety of colours, including blue and you are about to become one with the very universe itself. Adam Strauss, a sufferer of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, regales us with some marvellous extracts from his life in a documentary upon the world of psychedelics and how they have helped to shape him into the man he is today.

Unable to find an effective treatment for his OCD in spite of over a decade of medication, Strauss sought a more radical solution in the form of mescaline (more commonly known as ‘Cactus Juice’) that began him on a road to self-actualisation through a series of profound spiritual adventures on tripping. In his comedic narrative, Strauss explains the nature of hallucinogenics and the value he gained from them, ranging from euphoric, out-of-body experiences to the terrifying nightmare of bad trips. I paused twice to consider the messages he delivers: that there is beauty within imperfection even if we cannot see it in one reality and that embracing our deepest fears will rid us of the feeling of powerlessness we are convicted to when in distress.

For any who have experienced magic mushrooms, he is a scholar who doesn’t completely close the door on faith and belief when it comes to the spiritual nature of hallucinogenic drugs; for anyone else, he is a revelation in disguise. Adam Strauss, through a blend of comedy and drama in his poetic narration, is a highly commendable act which is recommendable for any interested in the culture of psychedelics.

Reviews by Stuart Mckenzie

Mirth Meltdown @ 52 Canoes

A Pessimist's Guide to Being Happy

The Stand’s New Town Theatre

Is God a Psychopath?

Gilded Balloon Teviot

John Pendal: Monster

The Jazz Bar

The Katet Plays Stevie Wonder

Scottish Poetry Library

Umbrella Man


Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now


The Blurb

Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms can potentially cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam Strauss embarked on a programme of vigilante psychopharmacology. 'Hugely intelligent' **** (Scotsman). 'Extremely gifted' **** (Skinny). 'Outstanding' **** (

Most Popular See More


From £31.00

More Info

Find Tickets


From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets


From £29.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

From £13.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Pretty Woman: The Musical

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Matilda the Musical

From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets