Archives - The Thrill of Love

by Amanda Whittington

Directed by Jon Brown

Friday 5th – Saturday 13th June 2015 in the Auditorium

Love, murder and a trip to the gallows: the gripping story of Ruth Ellis

A gripping drama, which takes a fresh new look at 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?

Atmospheric, dark, fascinating and enthralling, this play gets to the core of the incident, of the trial and of the woman who finally broke…


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Absorbing… the writing is playful and pin-sharp.

The Daily Telegraph

Part of the Barn’s 2014/2015 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Ruth Ellis-Georgina Bennett
Jack Gale-Clive Weatherley
Vicki Martin-Josie Melton
Sylvia Shaw-Natalie Gordon
Doris Judd-Kat Peacock

Creative team

Director-Jon Brown
Stage Manager-Norman Merry
Assistant Stage Manager-Sharon Francis
Production Manager-Fiona Carter
Set Design-Eric Farlie
Lighting-Nick Mogg
Sound-Michael Merry
Properties-Alisha Tomlin
Costumes-Jane Thom
Anne Mawer
Music - Producer & Editor-Greg Breden
Choreography-Vikki Barsby


Friday 5th – Saturday 13th June 2015

Friday 5th June8.00pm 
Saturday 6th June8.00pm 
Monday 8th June8.00pm 
Tuesday 9th June8.00pm 
Wednesday 10th June8.00pm 
Thursday 11th June8.00pm 
Friday 12th June8.00pm 
Saturday 13th June2.30pm 
Saturday 13th June8.00pm 

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