Plays by Seán Ó Súilleabháin

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Burke & Hare

'Dig it up Donald. Dig it right up.'

                                                         William Hare


Burke & Hare by Seán Ó Súilleabháin is a full length play based on true events that took place in Edinburgh between the years 1828 and 1829. Due to the restrictive laws of the time, grave robbers were employed by the anatomical colleges to supply them with cadavers for their medical lectures and research.

When two Irish immigrants, William Burke and William Hare hear that a certain Dr. Knox pays handsomely and asks no questions for 'fresh meat,' they become his personal Resurrection Men. This is the dramatic telling of the notorious West Port murders. 

Curtain Call

             'Why are we the only ones left Lear?'                                                                                                   Krapp.


Curtain Call is a ten minute play by Seán Ó Súilleabháin.


An old actor is on his death bed. Nobody has come to see him except for two mysterious visitors from his past, who between them, hold the key to their old friend's private and final thoughts. 

      'This is going to be a most wonderful adventure.'

                                                         William Spooner


A Trip Down the Lethe is a ten minute play by Seán Ó Súilleabháin. 

Mr Spooner wants to book an all around the world trip for his wife for their 50th wedding anniversary. Sonia the travel agent is inspired by the joie de vivre of this friendly old man and helps him to plan the adventure.  Little does she know, this is a trip money can't buy.

A Trip Down the Lethe

The Landlady

           'You have beautiful teeth Mr Weaver.'

                                                            The Landlady


The Landlady is a ten minute play adapted for stage by Seán Ó Súilleabháin. 

Based on the Roald Dahl short story of the same name, Mr Billy Weaver has arrived in Bath to begin his new job in an accountancy firm. He finds himself booking into a quaint​ BnB, run by an eccentric landlady, who will do just about anything to hold onto her guests.



'This was my first experience of that hot whispering atmosphere of Dublin which I became to utterly dislike.'

                                                                Hermann Görtz

Görtz is a radio play by Seán Ó Súilleabháin based on the true story of the Nazi spy Hermann Görtz, who landed by parachute in County Meath in 1940. His  mission was to forge connections with the IRA and explore the possibilities of an invasion of Britain through Northern Ireland which was titled 'Plan Kathleen.' 

His presence was soon discovered by the Irish authorities and the spy went into  hiding, before being arrested eighteen months later and imprisoned until the end of the war. He is buried in the German cemetery in Glencree in County Wicklow.

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