The Thrill of Love

This relatively modern play by Amanda Whittington follows the later life and early death of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Convicted in 1955 for the murder of her lover, David Blakely, the play tries to examine why Ruth might have been led to take such a huge step.

Largely set in the nightclubs where Ruth worked, the play is narrated by the detective responsible for investigating her, but other than him every character in the play is female, with the focus on Ruth’s friends and colleagues. While I did enjoy seeing Ruth in terms of her interactions with fellow women, I also felt it would have been interesting to feature her lover, David, and show how her relationship with him deteriorated at first-hand.

The Thrill of Love is admirably performed by LADS at Lopping Hall. I very much enjoyed the performance, which left me with a lot to think about.

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