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Killers (Boys Of The Empire Productions / The Assembly Rooms)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

Enthralling, conflicting and hugely captivating, ‘Killers’ offers a rare insight into the psyches of three notorious imprisoned serial killers, and those on the outside that feel compelled to engage with them. Ian Brady, Peter Sutcliffe and Dennis Nilsen address their fans, and audience, in an intense production that, although short on tangible excitement, achieves an uneasy and compelling sincerity. Based on real fan mail, the play’s rigid staging and continuous monologues are justified by the setting – incarcerated indefinitely, the letters offer an intimate outlet for disturbing expression and provoke impressive individual performances from Edward Cory, Arron Usher and Gareth Morrison. Although not a classically enjoyable topic, I found this production undoubtedly powerful, and I left unnerved, intrigued and certainly unsettled.

The Assembly Rooms, until 25 Aug (not 12), 6.10pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Polly Davidson]