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Friday 29 August 2014

'Burke and Hare' drama

Published 24/04/2013 | 05:22

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Dr Knox (Jarack Blacharski) in Colaiste Chraobh Abhann Players’ 'Burke and Hare' at the Knights’ Venue.

Colaiste Chraobh Abhann's drama group the CCA Players performed their new production 'Burke and Hare' last week at The Knights Venue in Newcastle.

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Written by English teacher Mr. O'Súilleabháin and directed by the writer and Ms. Hennesy, the unique play was on in Newcastle for a three-night run.

Burke and Hare is set in Edinburgh in 1827. Two Irishmen, William Burke and William Hare are struggling to find work in a city ravished by poverty and disease. The two men resort to desperate measures to survive.

Based on a true story, the dark tale gave audiences a frightening insight into the world of the grave-robber and the mind of the serial killer.

Every year the drama group puts on a play starring CCA student actors, with many dedicated weeks of rehearsals leading to a polished and highly enjoyable performance. The Coláiste Chraobh Abhann Players was founded in 2005 to cater for students who have an interest in acting and production. They have staged plays including The Riddle Man, I Do Not Like Thee Dr Fell, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, How Many Miles to Babylon? and The Dumb Waiter.

They have won numerous awards in the Arklow Drama Festival including best play, and best actor.

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