Tavonians Theatre Company present The Thrill of Love By Amanda Whittington
‘I am guilty, I’m a little confused’, confessed Ruth Ellis following her arrest for the murder of her lover David Blakely. The Thrill of Love dramatises the true story of the last woman to be hanged in Britain, in 1955.
This gripping play takes a fresh look at the woman behind the headlines, focusing on the divorcee with a young child to care for, and who works in the kind of nightclubs where there’s more than just a drink on offer. All the girls work hard, play hard and dream of a movie-star life. When Ruth 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? Detective Jack Gale follows her story from the beginning, hoping to piece together the motive behind why she murdered David and, more importantly, whom she might be protecting. The case of Ruth Ellis eventually led to the legal defence of diminished responsibility.
‘Absorbing… the writing is playful and pin-sharp’ – Telegraph
‘Tense and engaging throughout… a triumph’ – The Stage
Following on from their success with Cheshire Cats, Shadowlands, The Railway Children and My Boy Jack, Tavonians Theatre Company is touring The Thrill of Love to eight venues in west Devon and east Cornwall.
Fri 23 Feb – Mary Tavy, Coronation Hall
Sat 24 Feb – Upton Cross, Sterts Studio
Wed 28 Feb – Launceston, Town Hall
Fri 2 Mar – Callington, PrimRaf Theatre
Sat 3 Mar – Tavistock, Town Hall
Thur 8 Mar – Meavy, Parish Hall
Fri 9 Mar – Holsworthy, HATS Theatre
Sat 10 Mar – Okehampton Charter Hall
The production is generously sponsored by local estate agent Miller Town & Country. Tickets are £10, on sale online and from local ticket outlets. Full booking information is available from Tavonians Theatre Company, 08455 196592, www.tavonians.org.uk.