The Quality of Mercy


Concerning the life and crimes of Dr Harold Frederick Shipman

by Edwin Flay

“People say they want justice, but they don’t. Not really. What they want is power. They want to play God. They’ve no concept of what that means. What it takes. I had that power, I had the brilliance to wield it.”

From his cell in the early hours of the morning, Harold Shipman breaks his silence to record a confessional tape, laying down his version of events as he prepares to take one last life.

The Quality Of Mercy premiered at The Courtyard Theatre, London in 2022 and ran at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2023 with a further tour and London run due in 2024.