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The West Port Murders

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Brendan Ellis 

  • Notes

    Since its original production the play has been rewritten as 'The Women He Lived With' with a reduced cast of three (two women and one man).

  • Synopsis

    The West Port Murders tells the story of Helen MacDougal, wife of William Burke who, with William Hare, was hanged for murdering fifteen people in Edinburgh and selling their bodies to Robert Knox for his infamous anatomy school. Beyond confirming her husband's identity, MacDougal refused to contribute to his trial, after which she was attacked and hounded mercilessly by outraged mobs who drove her back to Ireland and possibly to her death. This play, although a fictionalised account of her life, finally gives voice to her story.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    4

  • Cast Size Female

    1

  • Cast Notes

    In the original production, two roles were played by one male actor.

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
William Burke Kevin Quinn
John Fisher Ciaran McCauley
Reporter John Carty
Robert Knox John Carty
Helen MacDougal Jenni Ledwell
Production Team  
Director Brendan Ellis
Designer Rebecca Jobson
Lighting Designer Jean Louis Baudry
Costume Designer Mudita Procter
Production Manager Sandra O'Malley
Stage Manager Sandra O'Malley
Set Construction Valli Schafer
Set Construction Michael Cummins
PR Karen Stewart

UNPUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Contact

    Brendan Ellis

  • Address

    9A Belgrave Road, Rathmines
    Dublin 6
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 497 7370

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Brendan Ellis

  • Address

    9A Belgrave Road, Rathmines
    Dublin 6
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 497 7370

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer. The synopsis and contact information was supplied by the author.