The Thrill of Love
by Amanda Whittington.
It is tempting to conclude that when Ruth Ellis shot and killed her lover, David Blakely, he got no more than he deserved… nevertheless, Ellis was tried, convicted of murder and executed.
From the outset, Ruth’s life was on a fatal trajectory. Following an unhappy, abusive childhood and a series of mundane jobs, she chose the seedy world of “glamour” modelling and work as a hostess in London nightclubs.
A succession of bad choices took her from a married American GI, to an alcoholic husband, to the fatal relationship with racing driver Blakely – and it was this almost manic obsession for Blakely which precipitated his murder.
Amanda Whittington weaves a fascinating fabric around the known facts, incorporating bitter humour and profound sympathy. You can decide for yourself not whether she was guilty – the facts and her own admission convicted her – but whether Ruth Ellis deserved to die.
A Stables production directed by Rodney Figaro.