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ruthellis20.jpg Love and death

Amanda Whittington’s extraordinary ‘The Thrill of Love’ explores the enigma of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. It’s coming to The Little Theatre in Cleadon this March.

A hostess in the West End ‘gentlemen’s clubs’, Ruth Ellis works hard, plays hard and dreams of a movie-star life. Yet in 1955, the self-styled ‘blonde bombshell’ is convicted of murder and becomes the last woman to be hanged in Great Britain. Ruth’s crime is re-examined in the light of the society she lived in and the experiences that led to her shooting her lover. Through the eyes of film noir Detective Inspector Gale – and the haunting voice of Billie Holiday – The Thrill of Love explores the enigma of Ruth Ellis, a woman whose short but explosive life still resonates. 

The Thrill of Love, Sunday 22-Friday 27 March, The Little Theatre, Boldon Lane, Cleadon, South Shields, 7.30pm, £8. https://littletheatrecleadon.com/2019/12/16/the-thrill-of-love-by-amanda-whittington/