The Thrill of Love

Our current project is designing for The Thrill of Love, a play written by Amanda Whittington about the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain for murdering her lover. We had the opportunity to talk to the writer who spoke about how the play focuses on the female roles rather than male as in some dramatisations of Ellis’ life. I like this because Whittington explores the real women behind the façade of glamour and need to please men.

  • 1950’s glamour
  • Fluid, film quality
  • Film Noir
  • Femme Fatale
  • Political context – male dominated world, pre-contraceptive pill, pre-feminism
  • Abolition of the death penalty