Theatre review: Killers, Assembly Rooms

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THIS fascinating and chilling study in criminal self-delusion can be found at the Assembly Rooms on George Street. Cleverly adapted by Glenn Chandler from correspondence with ‘people on the outside’, three ikons of evil, Ian Brady, Dennis Nilsen and Peter Sutcliffe, demonstrate by implication and omission in their letters their total absence of guilt, and consequently their continuing threat to society.

Arrogant, unstable and bolstered by their own twisted logic they offer advice to ‘admirers’ and, in Sutcliffe’s case, carry on as if the saner world were at fault.

Edward Cory as Brady, Gareth Morrison as Sutcliffe and Arron Usher as Nilsen give highly emotional performances marked by great restraint, which only heightens the evil. This same restraint is shown in Liam Rudden’s direction, which resists any temptation to embellish what is so well conveyed in the material and very well-judged performances.

Rating: * * * * *

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