Book by Bernie Gaughan / Music & Lyrics by Matthew Strachan
Ruth Ellis and Albert Pierrepoint had only one, infamous meeting. But in SILK the two enjoy revealing conversations over tea and biscuits at a macabre parlour party, entertained by a louche variety bill including Albert's predecessors, his family, Ruth's friends and her lovers. Finally, as the clock strikes nine, it's time for Ruth to leave. Albert is left alone with his ghosts.
A psychological musical drama, SILK is teeming with half forgotten historical figures grateful for the chance to unburden themselves through a rambunctious score which is both unsettling and moving.
"All the men and women whom I have faced at that final moment, convince me that in what I have done, I have not prevented a single murder."
"It is obvious that when I shot him I intended to kill him."
“Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.”
George Bernard Shaw