The Making of an All-American Murderer

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Critically acclaimed show ‘Hummingbird’ is coming to Brighton to take part in the Brighton Fringe Festival. The Making of an All-American Murderer is a darkly, beautiful story of love and murder. Playing at The Warren, Brighton in May, the physical theatre production was created by young, Lecoq- trained company ‘Tooth + Nail’. The team trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, where they then formed the company in 2014.


Hummingbird is an acrobatic, seductive and black humour production on the story of latter day Macbeth’s, Ralph Conti and Edith Cole. It is inspired by the infamous American Lonely Hearts Killers, Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, from the 1950’s. They would entrap their victims through lonely hearts ads in the newspaper. A tale of love, that falls deeper and deeper until it ends up in the electric chair.


Tooth + Nail, from this point, have crafted a highly physical production with a distinctive visual style. In the tell of their tale, the three piece cast have blended acting and acrobatics in order to “vividly convey emotions and morals teetering on a deadly brink” as said The Herald, Scotland.


Lush use of soundscape songs, jingles, adverts and other Americana to conjure up the post-war era. They wanted to draw out the similarities between their time and the time we’re in now. They address some of the social issues that lead them a path of deceit and violence.


Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck were sent to the electric chair on 8 March 1951. Fernandez’ final words were: “I wanna shout it out; I love Martha! What do the public know about love?” and Beck was reported to have said: “My story is a love story. But only those tortured by love can know what I mean.”

  • Dance and Physical Theatre
  • The Warren: Main House
  • Duration: 55 mins
  • Dates: May 18 (18:15); 20-21 (16:00)
  • Suitability: 12+
  • Tickets: £5 – £11
  • Box office 01273987516

The Warren, St Peters Church North, York Pl, Brighton BN1 4GU

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