Hidden Stories: True crime cases, murder and miscarriages of justice revisited at Brighton Fringe

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You might think you know about the historic cases of Ruth Ellis and Edith Thompson, but do you know the real story? Hidden Stories, written by The Play’s The Thing Theatre Company and showing at Caravanserai Brighton: Junk Poets on 25th and 26th May, is a double bill of empowering new one-act plays that looks at the heart-breaking true stories behind these cases.

‘Now You See Me’ is a one woman play written and performed by Carly Halse that looks at 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, Artistic Director of The Play’s The Thing, looks at the hidden story of Edith Thompson 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?

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.

“People’s judgements on elements such as the age gap between Edith and Bywaters, Edith’s letters, Ruth’s job and her appearance, are not made on facts. They are susceptible to prejudice. These innocent women were executed in a male dominated society.”

“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+.

For further information, please visit https://playsthethingtheatrecompany.co.uk/productions/hidden-stories-national-tour


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