Oh to have been in Kilkenny, Ireland on 4 May 1793 for this performance of The Tragedy of Hamlet, originally written and composed by the celebrated Dan Hayes of Limerick and inserted in Shakespeare's works. I would have been relieved that the parts of the King and Queen were omitted on the direction of the Rev Mr O'Callagan, as too immoral for any stage. The entertainment between the acts would have been singularly entertaining, especially the 'potent bagpipes' playing two tunes at once and the sleight of hand tricks by the celebrated surveyor, Mr Hunt.
I should have been off to the Goat's Beard in Castle Street to exchange my pound of butter or cheese for a ticket. Of course, could I have prevailed upon my sister to lend me her shoes and stockings, I would have added candles and soap to get access to a box.