The work in progress stage of Irish Giant. The finished version is at Southwark Playhouse from 23rd May - 9th June. southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

Enlightenment, faith and filthy lucre

It’s the 1780s, and science and faith are on a collision course. John Hunter is a visionary anatomist obsessed with life, death – and abnormal bodies. Charles Byrne is Georgian London’s biggest star, an 8ft-tall Irishman whom Hunter longs to cut up, and look inside. The Irish Giant plunges its bloody hands into history, to discover: who owns our bodies – and who should? Are we all just flesh and bone? And how do you live when death is daily shadowing your every step...?

The Irish Giant is a new show in development, devised by Cartoon de Salvo

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