London. 1880. All the world’s a stage. Especially for a serial murderer. While the Victorian streets are painted red and prostitutes are being brutally murdered, the Whitechapel police is on the track of an infamous murderer. However, is it the right one?
Although it’s been over a hundred years since these crimes had taken place, there’s still not much we know about them. So what do we really know about Jack the Ripper? And how ready are we to challenge the never solved mystery once again?
Beyond all, Ripper is a new view on one of the most nidering serial murderer’s identity. It is a fresh eye spotting a refreshing answer, while playing with history and trying to find out the missing pieces of this jigsaw.
The well-written script takes us all to the police (Joshua Fancourt and Kieran Lane), murderer’s (Reon Mason) and victim’s (Alaina Kear) minds testing our beliefs and perception.
Moreover, directed by Alaina Kear and Joshua Fancourt, performance along with touching acting skills of all the actors’ and actresses play with the audience so good, you can never be completely sure where’s the border between stage and reality.
Their use of space is absolutely top-notch making the performance one of its kind among the modern plays. Furthermore, the music – both the played one and the song sung by Alaina Kear – is of a great choice and the nice, safe sound combined with horrible crime scenes manipulate our expectations, putting the watchers under the uncomfortable psychophysical thrill.
All these things make Ripper a spectacularly good view on the biggest Victorian era crimes.
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Reviewer: Karolina Latka