‘The Business of Bodies’ takes its audience to a grave-robbing trial of the late 1820s. ‘Spanish Frank’ has been apprehended after a moonlit chase through a churchyard, and is accused of body-snatching. The audience must act as his jury, as they hear expert witness from legal, medical, and scientific figures, and uncover the historical and social contexts of this grave anatomical trade.
The Business of Bodies was trialled at the 3 Societies Conference in Oxford, 2008, and has been performed in full at:
The Business of Bodies: the script [pdf]