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The Takeover

The Ballad of Burke and Hare

Part of the Hawk's Well Theatre's The Takeover project. On 15 May 2019, secondary school students of Sligo will be taking over the Hawk’s Well Theatre. We have offered them one day at the venue to run a programme of their interest, of their choice and of their making. Presenting The Ballad of Burke and Hare, the students will welcome you to the venue, sell you your tickets, and usher you to your seats, for two performances of an original theatre show, produced and devised by them alone. 

In 1820s Edinburgh, down on their luck Irish immigrants William Burke and William Hare spot a grim gap in the grave robbing market, and the second-best surgeon Doctor Knox is growing desperate for a fresh corpse. A series of unlucky coincidences leads Burke and Hare to make bodies of their own.

This drop dead dark comedy of love, murder and betrayal is devised, written, produced and performed entirely by secondary school students as part of The Takeover.

Experience an all-original production of a true tale. Suitable for ages 16+.