The Thrill of Love 21-24 March 2018
Sandra Birnie will direct 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’
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