JACK THE RIPPER STRIKES AGAIN, AS THE TRAGIC TALE OF HIS VICTIMS COMES TO THE NORTH EAST...
The spirit of Jack the Ripper comes back to life in venues across the North East this October and November, as Timeworks Theatre stages The Unfortunates: In the Shadow of Jack the Ripper, a new play about the victims of that most famous of all serial killers.
The play imagines a meeting of all five of the Ripper’s victims, as they compare the stories of their tragic lives and the horrific circumstances that led to their deaths. The play presents a fascinating insight into the tales of these real women and how they lived and died at the Ripper’s hands in the Autumn of Terror in London of 1888, and incorporates the bawdy humour and songs of Victorian music hall to create what is sure to be a hugely entertaining experience for audiences.
The production is touring the North East, starting in the atmospheric Great Hall in The Castle Keep at Newcastle Castle, and going on to venues in Durham, Hexham, Stanley, North Shields and Hartlepool.
Sarah Seymour, founder of Timeworks Theatre and the play’s director, says: “It’s really exciting to be bringing this new play to North East audiences. Stories about the Ripper murders often focus on Jack himself, but we wanted to redress the balance and look at the stories of his victims. It’s so tragic, revealing what it was like for these women to live in conditions that were so horrendous it made them easy prey for the Ripper, but the play also contains so much humour, some entertaining and often very rude songs, and a powerful message about attitudes towards women.”
The Vault, Hexham, on Saturday 2nd November. For tickets, contact 01434 603 884 or book online at http://www.tynedalefineartproducts.co.uk/the-vault-1/