Tonight we are employing the format (VERY loosely) of a Judicial
Enquiry, to explore the notorious "Jack The Ripper" story. We
hope that by proceeding, like a trial, through question and
answer, we will be able to pass on a substantial body of fact,
which might be too much for a lecture and would certainly be
skimped in a play.
At the end of the evening we will ask you to vote on which of our
suspects, if any, you would consider sending for trial, on the
available body of evidence. The voting system has been kept
simple. You simply have to drop the green counter you have been
given, into the appropriate, clearly marked, pot.
Our small number of suspects was chosen from an astronomically
list, by my raising the subject of this show in various licensed
premises and listening to views like, "Weren't the Royal Family
involved?", "It was an American - did you see the programme on
Channel Four?", "I thought they'd found him - hasn't his diary
been found?", etc... etc... etc... So, profound apologies to any
devout "Ripperologists" whose favourite suspect has been omitted!
I hope you will find this evening as serious as its grim subject
deserves, though enlivened by flashes of humour.
"Though boys throw stones at frogs
the frogs do not die in
sport, but in earnest."
We hope that tonight we will once again inform,
entertain, and even, at times, amuse you, as we have
We hope that you will find our presentation of the
evidence as fascinating as we found the research.
We hope, if we succeed, that our entertainment does
not lose sight of or lack pity for the five victims:
Mary Ann Nichols
Mary Jane Kelly
"...who died in earnest!"
The Judge - Nikki Angel-Jull
Counsel - George Fleming, Christian Angel-Jull
The Assassin - Vickie Hill
The Detective - Dave Fawcett
The Ripperologist - Frogg Moody
The Historian - Ian Laurence-Paramor
Sir Charles Warren - Richard Clarke
Inspector Frederick Abberline - Graham Paramor
Doctor George Bagster-Phillips - Nino Pelopidda
Inspector John Littlechild - Joe Rooney
Voices from the past
Queen Victoria - Rosemary Finney
Eliza Doolittle - Sue Paramor
Inspector Joseph Chandler - Richard Clarke
P.C. John Neil - Mike Coulson
John McCarthy - Mike Coulson
P.C. Edward Watkins - Ian Laurence-Paramor
Louis Diemschutz - Graham Paramor
Stage Manager - Mike Mansfield
Deputy Stage Manager - Emma McQueen
Lighting - Tony Pugh, Steve Lucas
Slides & Sound - Hannah Mawson, Emma McQueen
Front Of House - Pat Mawson, Judith Fazakerly
A SPECIAL THANKS
For the kindness of Ottakar's Bookshop, New Canal, Salisbury,
who have been our Box Office for the past year and without whom
we would be "wasting our sweetness on the desert air!"
Salisbury Museum for the venue
B & Q for the table lamps
Guilder Graphics for the photocopying
TOGS and Salisbury Playhouse for the costumes
Frogg Moody for his "Ripper" knowledge
Salisbury Drama Association for the lighting equipment
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