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Hidden Stories: Secret truths of famous crime cases revisited on stage at Stantonbury Theatre

The secret truths of Ruth Ellis and Edith Thompson - two young women hanged for murder - are revealed in a double bill of exciting and empowering new one act plays by The Play’s the Thing Theatre Company at Stantonbury Theatre on 23rd June.

You might think you know about the famous cases, but do you really?

The two short plays written by Milton Keynes based playwrights, Carly Halse and Rosemary Hill, look into the stories behind two tragic cases of murder, misogyny and miscarriages of justice.

‘Now You See Me’ is a one woman play written and performed by Carly Halse. It delves into the story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in 1955. She confessed to the murder of her violent and controlling lover, but what drove her to do it?

‘Darlint Peidi’, written by Rosemary Hill, looks at the hidden story of Edith Thompson. She was executed in 1923 for the murder of her husband. It was her lover who killed her husband. Edith was innocent. Was she hanged for adultery?

Two powerful and intriguing plays that look deeper into these hidden stories, posing questions about what happened to these women, and why. They challenge these women’s convictions, penalties and the failure of the British criminal justice system.

Rosemary Hill, Artistic Director of The Play’s The Thing and writer of Darlint Peidi says: “Hidden Stories gives an intriguing look at stories not told or stories where we have a particular accepted version, but there is often more to say.

“The 9th of January 2023 marked the centenary of Edith Thompson’s execution. Touring with her Hidden Story during the 100th year anniversary of her death, will hopefully make her case even more poignant and thought provoking for our audiences. We hope it will challenge and raise awareness of not only her miscarriage of justice,but others too.”

Hidden Stories is suitable for those aged 14+.


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