The Thrill Of Love
January 31st and February 1st @ 7pm
Show dates May 12th – 14th
Please book a time slot and arrive 5 minutes before. – https://link.littletheatre.co.uk/Auditions-Thrill
Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in Britain in 1955 after being convicted of shooting her lover, David Blakely, in cold blood. ‘The Thrill of Love’ dramatises this infamous true story and takes a closer look at the women behind the headlines.
Variously described as a Blonde Bombshell and a Femme Fatale, Ruth Ellis famously became the last woman to be hanged in Britain in July 1955. This exciting, new play that premiered in February 2013, explores the lives and relationships of the beautiful, sassy and smart women who sought an escape from poverty in the perceived glamour of the London club scene.
Whilst Ellis pleaded not guilty, she offered no defence and sealed her own fate by declaring whilst on oath: “It is obvious that when I shot him, I intended to kill him”. “No further questions” came the withering reply. The case, and the public outcry that followed eventually led to the abolition of the death sentence in Britain. Certainly today, a Court would have taken longer than 15 minutes to convict and condemn – but sexual abuse and domestic violence were not acknowledged or named and so could not be used as concepts to build a defence upon
|Ruth Ellis||Nightclub hostess. Vivacious, vulnerable and deeply damaged.|
Ruth speaks with an R.P. accent.
|Vickie Martin||Model and actress who becomes Ruth’s best friend. Attractive, amoral, witty and ambitious.||Mid 20’s|
|Doris Judd||Charwoman. Selfless, kind, honourable and dependable.||Mid 20’s|
|Sylvia Shaw||Nightclub manageress. A doyenne of the night club world. Independent and street-wise with a soft centre.||40 +|
|Jack Gale||Detective Inspector Gale – sharp, experienced, meticulous, tenacious, empathetic.||50 +|
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