Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award 1989
The story of Scotland’s most prolific mass murderers - Burke and Hare.
Seeing the anatomist’s demand for fresh corpses, and the difficulties experienced by the grave-diggers, Burke and Hare missed out the middlemen, by murdering their own supply of corpses.
This example of entrepreneurial capitalism, seemed to me to be just the sort of activity to fit in with Thatcherite philosophy, so that belief informed my play. The more they murdered, the more whisky they could afford, but the more they needed it to anaesthetise the pain of the crimes they were committing.
I was fascinated by the fact that they used whisky to anaesthetise their victims in order to murder them - and then themselves in order to anaesthetise their guilt.
touring, produced by Strathclyde Theatre Group and by Theatremachine