The biggest serial killer in British criminal history, Doctor Harold Shipman, metamorphosed from a caring, committed and respected GP into the 'Doctor Death' of the tabloid headlines, and his tally of victims will never be fully known. In a compelling piece of documentary theatre, Dennis Woolf has skillfully edited verbatim extracts from the transcript of Dame Janet Smith's Inquiry. Whilst the why
of the case may never be understood, Woolf illuminates how
it was that Shipman got away with so much for so long. Beyond Belief
raises all kinds of questions about the trust we place in authority figures, their accountability and how we can avoid such a tragedy happening again.Performers Romy Baskerville (Dame Janet Smith DBE), Cate Hamer (Caroline Swift QC), Jim Millea (Christopher Melton QC), Christopher Wright (Richard Lissack QC), C P Hallam (Andrew Spink QC), Stephen Mackenna (Bruce Stuart), Stephen Mackenna (John Shaw), Joan Kempson (Dorothy Foley), Kate Layden (Ghislaine Brant), Eileen O'Brien (Dr Susan Booth), Alison Burrows (Deborah Bambroffe), Christopher Wright (Nigel Reynolds), David Crellin (Det Ins David Smith), Simon Molloy (Chief Super David Sykes), Jim Millea (Det Ch Ins Bernard Postles), Joan Kempson (Primrose Shipman), Eileen O'Brien (Carol Chapman), Alison Burrows (Gillian Morgan), Kate Layden (Alison Massey), Simon Molloy (Robert Gray).
Producer Library Theatre Company. Director Chris Honer. Adapted by Dennis Woolf. Music Simon Molloy (Philip Gaisford).