The Thrill of Love  21-24 March 2018

Sandra Birnie directs our Spring 2018 production The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington.

A gripping drama about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

A divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth works in the kind of nightclubs where there’s more than just a drink on offer. The girls work hard, play hard and dream of a movie-star life. Then she meets the wealthy, womanising David, a racing driver with whom she becomes obsessed. Fame comes – but not in the way she imagines.

Why does their relationship end in murder? Why does she plead not guilty but offer no defence? Why does she show no remorse? And who is she trying to protect?

The Thrill of Love dramatises the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and takes a fresh look at the woman behind the headlines.



‘Absorbing… the writing is playful and pin-sharp’


‘Tense and engaging throughout… a triumph’

The Stage


Ruth Ellis (a nightclub hostess) – Louise West

Jack Gale (a detective inspector) – Phil Lewis

Sylvia Shaw (a nightclub manageress) – Sharon Reed

Vickie Martin (aspiring model & actress) – Hayley Kendall

Doris Judd (charwoman & later Ruth’s confidante) Stephanie Dickenson


Director – Sandra Birnie

Producer – Matthew Callen

Stage Manager – Laura Harling

Props – Wendy Chappell

Lighting – Sally Fuller

Sound – Jason Austin

Costume – Kirstie Flanagan

Poster & Publicity Design – Sarah Cornforth

Additional Production Crew – Brontë Beckett, Vicky Spurway, Max Richardson