Opening Meeting – The Thrill of Love

The opening meeting for “The Thrill of Love” – by Amanda Whittington, our next production at Fetcham, will be on Wednesday 18th October at Fetcham Village Hall in the MAIN HALL 8pm start.

This play is a gripping drama based around the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

Ruth was a divorcee with a young child to care for, who 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.

The Thrill of Love dramatises the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and takes a fresh look at the woman behind the headlines, through her relationships with the other women in her life and under the investigation of Detective Inspector Gale – the one male character in the piece – David is spoken of, but never seen.

This haunting and ultimately tragic tale also has moments of humour and goes a long way to helping us understand what drove Ruth to act as she did. There is a cast of 4 women of varying ages and one man.

AUDITIONS: Monday 13th November and Wednesday 15th November 2017
SHOW DATES: Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th February 2018
CHARACTERS:

  • Ruth Ellis
    The archetypal blond bombshell – a petite woman with a fiery nature. She is brittle and vivacious, but also extremely vulnerable and as we learn from the play, deeply damaged. Playing age 20s. A large role with lots of lines.
  • Jack Gale
    Detective Inspector – think 50s Film Noir detective. He spends a lot of time watching the story unfold from the sidelines and alternates between either narrating the story or taking part in the action. He is clearly sympathetic to Ruth’s plight. Playing age 30s-40s. A large role with lots of lines.
  • Sylvia Shaw
    Nightclub Manageress – a strong woman, although world weary and a little battle-scarred. Her hard exterior does however hide a soft heart, especially where Ruth is concerned. Playing age 30s-40s. A medium-sized role.
  • Vickie/Valerie Martin
    Model and would-be Actress – the pre-cursor to the 60s “It” girl, along the same lines as Christine Keeler and Mandy Rhys-Davis. From a working-class background, but aspiring to much greater things. Playing age 20s. A smaller role.
  • Doris Judd
    The loveable Charwoman – provides a little comedy to the piece. She is a selfless, kind and dependable young woman, very fond of Ruth – almost a mother figure, despite her young age. Playing age 20s-30s. A smaller role.
  • Nightclub Singer
    I am also considering using a live singer (as opposed to a recording) to sing the snippets of music which run through the play. The songs are all sung by Billy Holiday, so very jazzy and moody. You would obviously not need to attend many rehearsals.

Join us with director Alison Green to hear more about the characters and direction of the play. We’ll be heading round the corner to The Bell pub after the meeting – looking forward to seeing you all there 🙂