In Edinburgh Between 1827 and 1828 science and murder cling
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"

Kathleen Cronie
Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine

Audience Reaction

"I go to a lot of theatre and you are as good as anything I have seen at the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company)"

'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!'

"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

Middelsbrough Theatre

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Howden Park Arts Centre, Livingston

Lochgelly Arts Centre

Mill On The Fleet, Gatehouse

Crieff Theatre

Motherwell Theatre

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