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Lullabies of Broadmoor: The Murder Club

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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The Murder Club is just one of the four linked plays that Bristol-based Stepping Out Theatre are presenting in rep at this year's Fringe. The season tells the stories of five of Broadmoor's most notorious patients, exploring the madness behind their crimes and the effects of their actions on their victims.

The Murder Club takes as its subjects Ronald True, the small-time swindler who bludgeoned prostitute Olive Young to death with a rolling pin, and Richard Prince, the unsuccessful actor who killed stage star William Terriss in a fit of jealous rage. The play is engagingly narrated from beyond the grave by Young, who stops and starts the action as she pleases to reveal ugly truths about True and Prince, as well as as some enthralling and gruesome details of her own death.

The cast are an able bunch, but Violet Ryder, who plays Young, is without doubt the best thing about this show. Her heartrending speeches lighten the rest of the piece, which although absorbing, too often crosses the line into melodrama.


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