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Bible John (Bible John and The Pleasance)

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2019

From podcasts to prestige Netflix films, the true crime documentary industry is booming. Why? ‘Bible John’ tackles the question head-on, presenting the story of four women growing obsessed with a true crime podcast concerning (real) serial killer Bible John. It finds the nuance in the question, being interrogative but not judgemental, making the point that women have good reason to take an interest in violent crime, when so much of it is done to them by men. It’s a fantastic subject for a play and has clearly been thoroughly researched. Some rough edges – in particular a dance-filled climax that’s a little overlong – ultimately do not diminish the power and intelligence of the play, which is wonderfully conceived and expertly performed.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]