Burke and Hare
1828, Edinburgh. William Burke and William Hare hit on a new money-making scheme. The first rule of business? Supply and demand. In the leading city for medical research, there’s a huge demand for bodies and inconveniently few deaths. The profitable solution? Murder, of course. As the infamous pair flourish in their new careers, the more they murder, the less they care. But for how long will they get away with it?
This new black comedy is as hysterical as it is historical.
Burke and Hare was originally created by Jenny Wren Productions. This new version was first performed as a rural tour by Watermill Theatre, Newbury which was subsequently followed by a successful run at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre in November/December 2018.
.Burke and Hare was first performed at East Garston Village Hall on 18th April 2018.
Mrs Hare – Katy Daghorn
Hare – Alex Parry
Burke – Hayden Wood
Director – Abigail Pickard Price
Designer – Toots Butcher
Lighting Designer – Harry Armytage
Pitch-black and wickedly funny… Tom Wentworth’s writing pitches the title characters’ nefarious deeds as a thrilling yarn rather than a cautionary tale. Quickfire changes, asides to the audience and rousing musical interludes lend the show a vaudevillian flavour and Abigail Pickard Price’s precise direction has clearly paid off: slick slapstick timing ensures the pace continues at a lick.
Written by Tom Wentworth and performed by a nimble cast of three, it’s a gleeful mash-up of history and prurient penny-dreadful scandal, fast, funny and ever so slightly sick.
An absolute blast…rapid, adept and funny.
Hare raising hilarity…drop dead funny
An instantly likeable, rip-roaring treatment of an old tale makes this production irresistible.
I loved every black comedy minute of it, laughing with tears streaming down my face.
Thoroughly recommended as an uproarious evening out!
The raucous script and the company’s comedic chemistry… own the tongue-in-cheek jet-black humour and deploy weapons of mass-hilarity.
Photo credits: Philip Tull (Watermill) and Tristram Kenton (Jermy Street)