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The Murder Wife Review

20140615-203958-74398538.jpgBy Lisa Moro

Playing to a sell-out audience at Bournemouth University, the first night of John Fosters ‘The Murder Wife’ left the audience entangled in emotions as we were invited to consider the plight of the innocent, yet destined to be blamed wife, of a serial killer.

We join Gina, played by Rebecca Alexander, just days after she has overheard her husband admitting into a tape recorder his guilt in killing several women and his intention to kill more.

In a compelling performance of a bewildered, frightened woman, her characters plight brought audience members to tears as she played out the painful tension between love, fear and doing the right thing.

Steve James as Robin played a calm but highly strung character, a chillingly normal man, with just a hint of a dangerous chip on his shoulder. This believable, familiar character made for an unnerving experience.

The couple move about the stage together never quite fully acknowledging each other, almost as if in different dimensions, heightening the sense that although they share their domestic space, they are living in fear in their own worlds.

The play was dark, gritty and engaging throughout, bringing together the testimony of the two characters in separate monologues. Their words sometimes reflecting, sometimes intertwining, and at points clashing with dramatic effect.

The Murder Wife is well worth seeing. The next performance takes place this week at Chaplin’s, Boscombe, as the popular live music venue takes it’s first foray into theatre.

Tues 17th June @ 7.30 pm (arrive 7 for 7.30)

Wed 18th June @ 7.30 pm (arrive 7 for 7.30)


Sunday 22nd June @ 3 pm (arrive 2.30 for 3)

Tickets: £7 (free for reviewers)

Tickets can be purchased direct at Chaplins & The Cellar Bar, 529 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH1 4AG.

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