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“The Thrill of Love”
Not really knowing what to expect, I was impressed with this offering from the Rep. It had so many facets from the amusing to the shocking. This was the story of Ruth Ellis, the last women to be hung in the UK, via snapshots of her life leading up to the shooting, her subsequent confession and hanging.
The opening, showing Ruth Ellis shooting her lover was a sit-
Director Adam Croft was blessed in his cast, and whilst I am not a fan of blackouts in general, I must say that in this piece they were used most effectively. I also commend Adam on his decision not to have the cast take a bow, it may be controversial in some quarters, but it meant that the audience left still in the thrall of the play.
Lighting was excellent, enhancing the scenes, and the final effect was unexpected
and shocking, very well done. The music was well-
The very simple set was used well, and somehow echoed the feeling of the crime and the times.
Costumes were mostly good, but some were out of the period.
Doris was played very well by Elise Crosby, she was quite meek to start out with, but gradually found her voice as Ruth got more and more into her troubled life. The bond between these two ladies was good.
Jo Collett played Sylvia Shaw, the no-
Sophie Brewer played Vickie Martin (Valerie), who fell into a job at the club, but dreamt of more, and eventually went overseas. A good portrayal, but I wondered if she should have been a little more dreamy in aspect at times, as a contrast to the other ladies?
The only man in the cast was Joe Butcher as Inspector Gale, the policeman who tried to get behind why Ruth confessed and wouldn’t retract her statement. A very good characterisation, Joe always comes up trumps, and gets under the skin of his character.
An unexpectedly enlightening evening at the theatre, enhanced by good direction and acting – another ‘well done’ to the Rep.
“THE THRILL OF LOVE”
review date: 22nd November 2018
Little Theatre, Dunstable
Director: Adam Croft