Vault Festival 2019 Pleasance Award Winner
A hotel room, a maid and a dead woman.
It's not what it looks like, really, it's not. It was self-defence... and anyway the woman was asking for it
The chambermaid considers herself to be a pretty normal person; she reads books. She pretended to read the party manifestos at the General Election. She's even read The Psychopath Test and she's pretty sure she's not one so...
Ladykiller is a blood-soaked morality tale about victimhood, power and flipping the gender rule book on psychopathy. Ladykiller charts one woman's journey from violent oppression to bloody revolution; a jet-black comedy for the age of the gig economy.
***** 'a smash hit at this fringe and beyond' - BroadwayBaby
***** 'Madeline Gould's script is unflinching' - The Skinny
***** 'an eerily convincing portrait of an unhinged mind.' Three Weeks
**** 'a very funny and refreshingly offbeat comedy from The Thelmas.' - The Stage
**** ' Hannah McClean is superb as the maid.' - The Scotsman
**** 'a bracing... monologue of fierce intensity.' - The List
The Thelmas is a new writing company dedicated to the development and promotion of early career female writers and theatre makers. The company comprises of director and founcer Madelaine Moore and writer Guleraana Mir. At the heart of the company is the idea that female work should exist on its own merits as artistically excellent theatre, and not be seen as somehow 'niche'.
Devoted to empowering women to redress the equality imbalance in the arts, we support them to disrupt dominant narratives and create theatre that is big, bold and emotionally resonant. We crave authentic and bittersweet stories outside of the traditional female stereotype and socially impactful narratives that reflect society but don't look to solve prevalent issues. While our work often touches on some important topics, we approach these with a light touch, preferring to encourage our audiences to laugh their way into more meaningful discussion after the show.
Prior to 'Ladykiller', The Thelmas have had sold out audiences and garnered critical acclaim with their productions at Brighton and Camden Fringe festivals in the past. Their production of Guleraana Mir's debut play, COCONUT, produced in association with Ovalhouse was critically acclaimed earning 4 & 5 star reviews and two OFFIE Award nominations for Most Promising New Playwright and Best Female Performance.
The Thelmas were an Emerging Company at New Diorama Theatre in 2017.
They have recently been made Associate Artists at Ovalhouse Theatre for 2018-2020.
Director: Madelaine Moore
Writer: Madeline Gould
Lighting Design: Jennifer Rose
'Jane Doe' made by Baska Wesolowska
HER Hannah McClean
BroadwayBaby - ***** 'a smash hit at this fringe and beyond'
The Skinny - ***** 'Madeline Gould's script is unflinching... Hannah McClean's bright-eyed portrayal is chilling, charming and terrifyingly believable.'
Three Weeks - ***** ' ... an eerily convincing portrait of an unhinged mind. 'Ladykiller' defies expectations by raising issues such as social class and the inherent sexism in the study of serial killers (all discussed through a comedic lens)'
The Stage - **** 'Be nice to people who work in customer service" is just one of the messages in Ladykiller, a very funny and refreshingly offbeat comedy from The Thelmas.'
The Scotsman - **** ' Hannah McClean is superb as the maid... enough to make you think twice next time you leave your hotel room in a state.'
The List - **** 'pokes at the optimism of feminist beliefs in equality and the innate compassion of women in a bracing... monologue of fierce intensity.'
Fringe Guru - **** 'a mesmeric performance. It's a rare treat, combining humour, horror and intelligence.'
Miro Magazine - **** 'Madeline Gould’s script is one of the best written one-woman pieces at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.'
Mind The Blog - **** 'A compelling one-woman show that explores the imbalance between the sexes for a deadly purpose – Hannah McClean is breathtaking.'
Theatre Box Blog - **** 'Ladykiller is entertaining, funny, engaging, and an effective allegory for challenging gender roles in contemporary society.'
To Do List - **** 'A bloody brilliant hymn to the dark side of a zero hours worker... '
Exeunt - ' a political bite beneath the surface of its humour...a hilariously dark comic monologue'