Set backstage in a provincial theatre in 1920s Kent, HANGMAN is inspired by the short-lived stage career of John Ellis, who executed the notorious murderer Dr Crippen and 200 others.
First performed in Brighton in 2011, the play won rave reviews. The Brighton Argus described the production as "gripping and highly entertaining" and added: "Two Bins Theatre Company needs no introduction for their superb dramatic interpretation of talked-about social issues and infamous figures, and this production is an outstanding addition to their repertoire."
Written by Maggie Clune and based in part on actual testimonies from the National Archives, HANGMAN focuses also on Ellis's role in what was arguably the most notorious miscarriage of justice of the era - the execution in 1923 of Edith Thompson. The full details of the Thompson case remain covered by official secrecy until 2023.
Why is the troubled Ellis appearing on stage? Can he escape his demons - and to whom will he unburden his secret anguish? As the living and the dead close in for the final act, the evermore tormented Ellis decides on his own shocking finale.
The fantastic six-strong cast is led by Russell Floyd (Ellis).
Jolie Booth plays the part of Maud.