Bringing the Moors Murderers to Life; Controversial Play to Open in Newport

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Bringing the Moors Murderers to Life; Controversial Play to Open in Newport


Byline: Gareth Evans

MOORSmurderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley shocked the nation when news of their heinous crimes against children broke in 1966.

But after the 44th anniversary of their conviction, a controversial new play set in the couple's living room is preparing to debut at a Welsh theatre.

The brainchild of Caerleon student Mark Hickman, 16 Wardle BrookAvenue examines the home life of Britain's most notorious serial killers.

Already a sell-out at Newport's Dolman Theatre, it is set in December 1964, the day after 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey was kidnapped, raped and murdered.

Mr Hickman, who is in the third year of his performing arts course at the University of Wales, Newport, said: "I realise that this is a very controversial subject to tackle.

"My intention is not to glorify these two people, but rather to present a psychological analysis of them. I have attempted to bring together the very ordinary and mundane aspects of their life together with the fact that they are committing these terrible crimes - and how each of them deals with that in a very different way."

The one-act, fly-on-the-wall production opens to the festive tune of Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee.

According to Mr Hickman, 21, a backdrop of Christmas decorations appears "eerily" normal as conversation slips from the wireless to murder.

The two characters are not named, but the audience is made aware of who they are and what they do.

Second-year acting students, Tara Hobbs from Caerphilly and Josef Summers from Birmingham, take the play's only roles. Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, and Brady were jailed for life on May 6, 1966, for the murders of Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, 17.

Brady, now 72, was also convicted of murdering 12-year-old John Kilbride and, in 1987, both he and Hindley confessed to killing Keith Bennett and Pauline Reade. …

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