In Edinburgh Between 1827 and 1828 science and
together in a dance of death. Sixteen people are slaughtered
by Burke and Hare and the devil and all his works prowls
the streets of 'Auld Reekie'. Dr Robert Knox, scientist, doctor
and anatomist supreme, waits in Surgeons Square to
buy bodies for the sake of advancing medical knowledge.
His door is chapped, a body is delivered, money is paid and
no questions are asked. A trail of terror leads from West Port
to the dissection table of Robert Knox. Murder will out and
a price must be paid, even by the anatomist supreme.
Doctor Knox will have to pay that price.
This show was specially commissioned by
The Royal College of Surgeons
as part of the celebrations for the re-opening of the
Surgeons' Hall Museum.
"A thought-provoking performance at The Theatre Royal, Dumfries by the Isosceles Theatre Company and two outstanding Irish actors, Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden. The audience encounters an egotistical anatomist, two money-driven murderers and a host of characters who fall into their dark clutches....The play was brilliantly acted, Pat and Dave are true professionals. They engaged their audience from start to finish, revealing a period in history where you were literally worth more dead than alive. Bravo Isosceles! A superb performance, highly recommended"
Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine
'Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed the show....the two actors were beautifully rehearsed and conjured up a compelling and suitably spooky entertainment.'
'Excellent evening - well acted two-hander about Robert Knox - then a great Q & A to follow.'
'It was great - two fabulous actors revealing the misfortunes of Edinburgh's 'unknown' as told by Knox's assistants....Fab!'
"I go to a lot of theatre and you are as good as anything I have seen at the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company)"
"You performed the piece beautifully - my own friends spoke about it with such enthusiasm afterwards"
"We enjoyed your play so much. A fascinating story, brilliantly delivered. Bravo"
"Always a joy and always informative and thought provoking."
"The dry wit and joyful energy which you exude on stage communicates superbly and your audience wants to be nowhere else but directly involved - you are ace story-tellers."
"Wonderful performance... Can't think of a better way of spending an evening."
"Brilliant play, we really enjoyed it."
"A terrific evening, I was gripped from beginning to end."
"Many congratulations on a brilliant performance this evening - I really enjoyed the show."
"Excellent show. Beautifully paced - my friends were very impressed and talked about the quality of the acting and music."
World Premier 24, 25, 28 September 2015 at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.
This play has since been performed at the following theatres:
Yvonne Arnaud Mill Studio, Guildford
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
Howden Park Arts Centre, Livingston
Little Theatre, Lockerbie
East Kilbride Arts Centre
Heart Of Hawick
Yetholm Hall, Kelso
Old Well Theatre, Moffat
Ryan Centre, Stranraer
Sanquhar Arts Centre
Heron Arts Centre, Beetham
Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs
Ifield Barn, Crawley
Falkirk Town Hall
Byre Theatre, St. Andrews
Sudio 1A, Bangor
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
The Old Courthouse, Antrim
Market Place Theatre, Armagh
Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
Cushendall Golf Club
Colour House, Merton Abbey Mills
Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton