Music and lyrics by Matthew Strachan
Book by Bernie Gaughan and Matthew Strachan
Workshopped at the Orange Tree Theatre, September 2009
Ruth Ellis and Albert Pierrepoint had only one, infamous meeting. But in SILK the two enjoy revealing conversations over tea and biscuits at a macabre parlour party, entertained by a louche variety bill including Albert's predecessors, his family, Ruth's friends and her lovers. Finally, as the clock strikes nine, it's time for Ruth to leave. Albert is left alone with his ghosts.
A psychological musical drama, SILK is teeming with half forgotten historical figures grateful for the chance to unburden themselves through a rambunctious score which is both unsettling and moving.
The cast included:
Directed by Paul Prescott
Musical Direction by Stephen Ridley
Choreography by Lizzi Gee
silk sound clips