Review: Dewsbury Arts Group presents The Thrill of Love

BRITTLE VULNERABILITY Stacey Waterworth as Ruth Ellis.
BRITTLE VULNERABILITY Stacey Waterworth as Ruth Ellis.

The early 1950s were depressingly austere years. Ruth Ellis was determined to rise above her lowly beginnings but her fairy tale ending never came.

Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in the UK. Her story is told in this play by Amanda Whittington which was performed by Dewsbury Arts Group last week – it is a powerful piece that shakes the audience.

The set is stark and simple but somehow captures the tawdriness of Ruth Ellis’ lifestyle, emphasised by subtle lighting and an evocative soundtrack.

Each cast member makes their mark.

Stacey Waterworth gives Ruth Ellis a brittle vulnerability.

Stuart Marshall is every inch the world weary police inspector determined to get the truth.

Sue Saville convinces as the ice-veined club owner with an inconvenient warm spot in her heart.

Helen Fox plays the soft-hearted char who is desperate to save Ruth from self- destruction.

And Rachel Wood gives a subtle depth in her role as a fellow good time girl determined to leave the gutter and play with the stars.

Five players forged into a perfect team by the masterly hand of director Margaret ­Biglands.

The final word must go to the evocative costumes which completed a perfect ensemble – well done Lindy Jackson and Muriel Bishop.

Dewsbury Arts Group’s Youth Theatre will be presenting An Evening of Three Plays, which is the culmination of this year’s youth classes.

It takes place at Dewsbury Artspace in Lower Peel Street, Dewsbury, on tonight (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday_.

Tickets are available from 01924 465647