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If you ever find yourself surfing through the documentary channels after sundown, then you’ll no doubt have come across TV shows about notorious serial killer Jack The Ripper. Each one offering a different theory as to who he was and why he did what he did. Because of the mystery that surrounds him and the horrendous nature of his crimes very few will focus on the actual victims. From 24th October a new play coming to theatres around the North-East will change that. 

Timeworks Theatre presents The Unfortunates: In the Shadow of Jack the Ripper, a play that imagines a meeting of all five of the Ripper’s victims, as they compare the stories of their tragic lives and the horrific circumstances that led to their deaths in Victorian London.

Despite its dark material, the production still incorporates all the indecent comedy of a Victorian music hall to entertain audiences but whilst still informing the audience about those who fell prey to history’s most gruesome killer. Something that Sarah Seymour, founder of Timeworks Theatre and the play’s director, is keen to point out, “Stories about the Ripper murders often focus on Jack himself, but we wanted to redress the balance and look at the stories of his victims. It’s so tragic, revealing what it was like for these women to live in conditions that were so horrendous it made them easy prey for the Ripper, but the play also contains so much humour, some entertaining and often very rude songs, and a powerful message about attitudes towards women.” 

The production starts in the atmospheric Great Hall in The Castle Keep at Newcastle Castle (24th-26th Oct) before going on to Crook Hall & Gardens, Durham (31st Oct), The Vault, Hexham (2nd Nov) The Spare Room, Durham, (3rd November), South Causey Inn, Stanley (7th Nov), The Exchange, North Shields (9th Nov) and Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre (10th Nov).

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