The Thrill of Love

By Amanda Whittington

The Thrill of Love
Paperback, 104 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781848423169
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 21st February 2013
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Category: Drama, English, Full length plays, Good role(s) for female performers, Modern drama (post-1945), Small cast (3-6 performers), Social issues, Women

Series: NHB Modern Plays

Cast Notes: 4f, 1m

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Staging: Various interior and exterior settings, but can be simply staged
Amateur rights performance fee: £75.00 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

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Downloadable Guide Sheet: ThrillofLove.pdf

A gripping drama about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

A divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth works in the kind of nightclubs where there’s more than just a drink on offer. The girls work hard, play hard and dream of a movie-star life. Then she meets the wealthy, womanising David, a racing driver with whom she becomes obsessed. Fame comes - but not in the way she imagines.

Why does their relationship end in murder? Why does she plead not guilty but offer no defence? Why does she show no remorse? And who is she trying to protect?

The Thrill of Love dramatises the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and takes a fresh look at the woman behind the headlines.


- Guardian

'Absorbing... the writing is playful and pin-sharp'

- Telegraph

'Tense and engaging throughout... a triumph'

- The Stage

Amanda Whittington has been described as Britain's 'most consistently popular female dramatist' (The Guardian). Her plays include Be My Baby (Soho Theatre), which is widely studied for both GCSE and A-Level, Ladies Day and its sequel Ladies Down Under (Hull Truck/UK Tours). Amanda writes regularly for BBC Radio 4, contributing to the Woman's Hour serial and Afternoon Play slots.

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