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Now Scissor Sisters' grim past is told on fringe stage

THE dismembered head of Farah Swaleh Noor and the notorious Scissor Sisters killers Linda and Charlotte Mulhall are the inspiration for a play in the Dublin Fringe Festival.

Nigerian director Bisi Adigun has imagined the point of view of the 39-year-old Kenyan man, who was murdered in Dublin, in March 2005.

The Butcher Babes revisits the story of the sisters and their victim, which Mr Adigun hopes will become a ritual to "release the spirit" of Mr Noor.

"This is a story everyone knows," he said. "Being an African man in Ireland, I can't avoid being interested in it.

"The story itself is very dramatic because of the conflict. It has a stranger, a killing and a romance -- the perfect components of an Irish play."

Mr Adigun, who is studying for a doctorate in Drama in Trinity College, said that a lot of critiques outline that there is no place on the Irish stage to discuss the issue of racism.

"People have asked me why I want to write about the man -- he was a rapist and an abusive man. Because I'm an African person, some people might think that I'm sympathetic to him. But this guy was butchered. He died a horrible death. The guy is gone, he has no point of view and there are always two sides to the story."

The Clonskeagh playwright said that he chose to cast two black actresses, painted with white make-up, in the role of the two Mulhall sisters to give black actors an opportunity and to force people to address their own misconceptions.

Linda Mulhall (35) received a 15-year jail sentence for manslaughter while her sister, Charlotte (29), received a life sentence for the murder of Mr Noor whose body was cut up and dumped in the Royal Canal.

The Butcher Babes runs from September 20 to 25 at The New Theatre, Temple Bar.


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