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Director:  Madelaine Moore

Writer:  Madeline Gould

Producer:  The Thelmas

Associate Producer: Laura Elmes Productions



HER: Hannah McClean



Running time:  65 minutes

Age recommendation:  16yrs +

Warnings:   Murder, profanity, blood (stage blood throughout), violence, complex themes around violence and murder.

Twitter:        @TheThelmas   #LADYKILLERplay

Instagram:  @TheThelmas


Ladykiller was awarded the VAULT Festival 2019 Pleasance Award, given to a show of outstanding quality across Pleasance venues. 

by Madeline Gould



A chambermaid, a hotel room and a dead woman. It’s not what it looks like, really, it’s not. It was self-defence… and anyway the woman was asking for it.


The chambermaid considers herself to be a pretty normal person; she reads books. She pretended to read the party manifestos at the General Election.  She’s even read The Psychopath Test and she’s pretty sure she’s not one so…


Ladykiller is a blood-soaked morality tale about power, privilege, and tearing up the gender rule book on psychopathy; a jet-black comedy for the age of the gig economy.

Ladykiller presents us with a genuinely complex and compelling female character, tapping into the feminist zeitgeist in a most unexpected way.

LADYKILLER was declared 'a smash hit' after a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe 2018 which garnered considerable critical acclaim..

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐    ‘a smash hit at this fringe and beyond’ – Broadway Baby


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  ‘Madeline Gould's script is unflinching…’- The Skinny 


⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐   ‘an eerily convincing portrait of an unhinged mind.’  Three Weeks


⭐⭐⭐⭐    ‘a very funny and refreshingly offbeat comedy from The Thelmas.’ – The Stage


⭐⭐⭐⭐    ‘ Hannah McClean is superb as the maid.’ – The Scotsman


⭐ ⭐⭐⭐     ‘a bracing… monologue of fierce intensity.’ – The List


⭐⭐⭐⭐  ‘a mesmeric performance.’ – Fringe Guru


⭐⭐⭐⭐  ‘A bloody brilliant hymn to the dark side of a zero hours worker’ - To Do List


⭐⭐⭐⭐  ‘one of the best written one-woman pieces at this year’s Fringe’ - Miro Magazine


‘with a political bite beneath the surface of its humour...a hilariously dark comic monologue’ - - Exeunt Magazine

Ladykiller was the result of research, development and support from The Pleasance Theatre, Oldham Coliseum and Ovalhouse Theatre.

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