A divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth Ellis 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?

The Thrill of Love, by award winning playwright Amanda Whittington, sheds new light on the life of Ruth Ellis who was hanged for shooting her lover in 1955.  Using the language of film noir and the distinctive voice of Billie Holiday, Whittington creates a haunting and beautiful piece of theatre which, despite the inevitable outcome, maintains dramatic tension to the last.

Patrons are advised that this production involves on-stage smoking, and includes the use of a smoke machine and flashing lights.


DirectorChris Hicks
Assistant DirectorDi Evans
RuthHolly Squires
Jack GaleMartin Ward
SylviaKathryn Ward
VickieAbbi Leverton
DorisSusan Simpson

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