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The Takeover 2019 - presented by Secondary School Students

The Ballad of Burke & Hare


We are delighted to premiere live on our facebook channel The Ballad of Burke and Hare this Friday 27th March at 8pm for World Theatre Day. This was the product of one of favourite projects from 2019 - Hawk's Well Theatre's Takeover project. On 15 May 2019, secondary school students of Sligo took over the Hawk’s Well Theatre. We offered them one day at the venue to run a programme of their interest, of their choice and of their making. They decided to write, produce and perform their own show which was performed at the theatre on May 15th 2019 at 2pm and 8pm. This original theatre show, produced and devised by them alone defied all our expectations!

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 was devised, written, produced and performed entirely by secondary school students as part of The Takeover.

We are delighted to present the recording of this all-original production of a true tale. Suitable for ages 16+.