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Ladykiller (The Thelmas)

By | Published on Saturday 18 August 2018

A hotel room. A corpse. A chambermaid. The Thelmas’ play opens on a scene that is familiar to the average crime drama viewer, yet Madeleine Gould’s skilled writing and Hannah McClean’s dynamic portrayal of the murderous maid make this a riveting study of class, killers, and cleaning up after a crime scene. The story’s wise and witty murderer justifies her actions to the audience, painting an eerily convincing portrait of an unhinged mind. ‘Ladykiller’ also defies expectations by raising issues such as social class and the inherent sexism in the study of serial killers (all discussed through a comedic lens), making what could have been a relatively predictable plot into a well-executed and unexpected performance.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Lucy Caradog]