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The first revival of Stephen Plaice's acclaimed dramatization of the 1934 Trunk Murders in Brighton. An expanded version of the original play that explores the glamorous dance-culture of Thirties Brighton alongside the criminal underworld that flourished in the city during the recession.
Play by Stephen Plaice
A Brighton Theatre Collective Production starring Richard Hawley, Gary Sefton and Sian Webber.
Venue: Paganini Ballroom, Old Ship Hotel, Brighton
'Trunks is great entertainment with a powerful message about how a society that fails to incorporate both sexes, and most ways of life, within its coda will create a system where those who fail to make the grade become an underclass, to be conveniently condemned, passed over, or ignored.
Hidden away out of sight, like bodies in trunks, they nonetheless exist, and like the guilt-founded spectres who so haunt their murderers in this production, they remain our responsibility, and will not simply go away.' Brighton Magazine
'That this pacey, enjoyable dip into Brighton's shady past makes a murderous philandering pimp into a likable central character is a credit to the creative team behind it. The Brighton Theatre Collective's inaugural production takes the notorious 1934 trunk murders as it's focus, but lends the grisly, real-life subject matter a richly comic gloss. Corpses complained about how they were being disposed of and sprung back into existence to taunt their killers with torch songs.
Trunks was well acted by Sefton as Tony Mancini, Sian Webber as his doomed lover Vi and Richard Hawley as an awkward, unlikely moral centre of the piece. An ensemble drawn from members of the affiliated Academy of Creative Training brought the commotion of the city to the stage, as the young actors created a better cinema and railway station than clunky props...This was a strong, stylish first production from a new company.' Evening Argus