Killers** (Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, 13 August 2013)

Posted: August 14, 2013 in Theatre

Glenn Chandler’s new play features three of Britain’s most notorious serial killers: Moors murderer Ian Brady (Edward Cory); Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe (Gareth Morrison); and predator on the gay community Dennis Nilsen (Arron Usher). All are seen sitting at desks in their prisons or asylums, alternately reading out correspondence between themselves and “fans” from the outside world. Brady sees himself as an agony uncle, Sutcliffe as a Casanova and Nilsen as a confidante for young gay men. This rather static production tells us nothing that is not widely known. it scores with occasional dashes of ironic humour, but there are too few of them and, overall, it is rather bleak and tasteless.

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