The Irish Giant (2012)

In 2012 Cartoon de Salvo celebrated their 15th birthday performing two shows in London – one, Made Up, an entirely improvised play each night at Soho Theatre; the other, The Irish Giant, a true tale of enlightenment, faith and filthy lucre.

“Compelling… A winning fable about humanity’s need for compassion”
Daily Telegraph

“Atmospheric and playful”
The Guardian

At the sharp end of the Enlightenment The Irish Giant told the story of two remarkable men: John Hunter – a pioneering 18th-century surgeon obsessed with life, death – and abnormal bodies; and Charles Byrne – Georgian London’s biggest celebrity, an 8ft-tall Irishman. Cartoon de Salvo collaborates with a biomedical ethicist and a medical historian to explore a moment in history when science and religion were on a collision course.

Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Centre for the History of Medicine and the Arts Council England.

The Irish Giant was presented at Southwark Playhouse. You can read about The Irish Giant at Southwark Playhouse along with audience feedback and live music from the show here.