On the 200th anniversary of this notorious murder Full Moon Theatre presents ‘Ellen Hanly – Colleen Bawn – The Eye Witness Accounts’ abridged and dramatised by Rob Hopkins.
Based on the eyewitness accounts of Richard Fitzgerald nephew of the principal magistrate at Ellen Hanly’s inquest and also the famous “found diaries” published in the Limerick Journal in 1947, the play brings its audience into intimate contact with the key protagonists of this dramatic saga.
As the story unfolds we join the newly weds on the Limerick Kilrush ferry, the dispute which brings to light that her clothes have been pawned, bear witness at the beech side inquest, attend the trial and the dramatic confession of Lieutenant Scanlan’s foster brother / manservant Stephen Sullivan, poor Eily’s executioner. But was he acting on his master’s instruction or taking dreadful measures to cover the tracks of his own spurned advances?
At a highly volatile time in Ireland’s history the ascendency closed ranks and sacrificed one of its own, a degenerate blue blood who crossed the boundaries of class, religion and humane society to orchestrate a despicable murder.
Rob Hopkins Full Moon Theatre Co. directs a cast which includes himself, David Hanley, Margaret Whelan and Aiobh Keating in an abridged version of original accounts of a story no one can ever forget.