Written by Steve Hennessy
Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin
18 Nov 2003 to 29 Nov 2003
Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol
06 Jan 2004 to 31 Jan 2004
Finborough Theatre, London
* All four plays can be staged and seen separately.
1922 and murder is in the air. Britain is engaged in a genocidal war in Iraq using poison gas and other weapons of mass destruction and two notorious murderers are meeting for the first time in Broadmoor. They have been put in charge of an evening of entertainment. Welcome to the Murder Club.
Propaganda and reality, fact and fiction, real life and theatre, madness and sanity. The lines blur and shift uneasily in an intense psychological thriller.
'The Murder Club' was the second co-production between the Company and Theatre West. It transferred to London as part of a double bill called 'Lullabies of Broadmoor' featuring the same cast as in Bristol.
The complete text of 'The Murder Club' was published in the summer 2005 issue of 'Plays International' with photos by Ian Wilmot.
Chris Courtenay - Richard Prince
Marc Danbury - John Coleman
Andy Michell - Ronald True
Charlotte Pyke - Olive Young
Director - Caitriona McLaughlin
Producer - Steve Hennessy
Design - Colin Williams
Lighting - Tim Bartlett
Costumes - Penn O'Gara
Sound - Hoxa Sound
Photography - Ian Wilmot
"Chris Courtenay's Prince and Andrew Michell's True are played off beautifully against Marc Danbury's excitable prison guard, Mr Coleman, but it is Charlotte Pyke, as the murdered girl, who really steals the show."
Rebecca Gilbert, Bristol Evening Post
"Powerfully performed, in Catriona McLaughlin's absorbing and atmospheric production . . The result is a piquant mix of witty Gothic ghoulishness and serious moral questioning"
Paul Taylor, The Independent
"Steve Hennessy's double-bill of plays is clever, competent, and skilfully performed"
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"Steve Hennessy's fine play ... profound and unsettling ... tongue-in-cheek 'love' scenes are brilliantly played... A tightly constructed plot keeps you hanging on to the dreadfully symbolic end."
Matt Warner, The Telegraph Online
"every character is created with care and finely executed . . This is a consistently interesting, though harrowing evening."
Derek Smith, The Stage
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