‘The Thrill of Love’ is a play by Amanda Whittington, revolving around the life of Ruth Ellis and her trial for the murder of her lover David Blakeley. For the first half of this term we are creating a speculative design for the play involving set, costume, props and lighting. The brief describes the project as ‘The Principles and Fundamentals of Set Design and Construction’.
We had the valuable opportunity to meet the author, Amanda Whittington, and receive feedback on why she wrote the play the way she did and her opinions on Ruth Ellis herself. She also provided us with some newspaper cutouts and photocopies of letters Ruth Ellis wrote during her time in Holloway Prison. These were interesting however slightly chilling and made us realise that because the story is actually based on real life, we should approach the project in a respectful yet creative way.