For the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, Polymorph returned to the subject of serial killing, but this time from the point of view of the killer. John Reginald Halliday Christie, the Notting Hill murderer killed at least eight women before finally being caught. Forever, and notoriously, connected with the tragic case of the injustice done to Timothy Evans the motivations and machinations of Christie himself have tended to be somewhat overtaken by the tragedy of the Evans case.
Set between the condemned cell at Pentonville Prison in July 1953, and Christie’s flat at the infamous address from 1943 to 1953, the show examines the psyche and the soul of the notorious killer, John Reginald Halliday Christie. Told largely in Christie’s own words, drawing on transcripts from both Christie’s and Evans’ trials, medical reports on Christie and other respected source materials on the cases, the show tells the story behind the story of one of the most sinister killers in British criminal history.
Although forever associated with the tragic case of Timothy Evans, Christie was responsible for at least 8 murders and this play examines his motivations, his own admissions and the circumstances and activities that led him to the condemned cell. In the condemned cell, the night before his execution, Christie remembers and re-examines his own life and the circumstances and the acts that led him to this place, and to his final moments.
Praise for 10 Rillington Place
This 2017 Edinburgh Fringe production from Polymorph sold out a two week run and garnered some glowing tributes from audience and industry reviewers.
- “An accomplished performance of his own script by Jan van der Black drives this uncomfortable glimpse into the mind of a serial killer” – Scotsman
- “Jan van der Black and Penny Gkritzapi make a strong attempt in their exploration of the infamous killer’s psyche” – Broadway Baby
- “Van der Black’s portrayal makes this very worthwhile” – Scotsman
- “Disturbing. A raw, sobering performance” – Broadway Baby
- “A terrifying portrayal of pent up, hidden violence in one man’s mind” – Fringe Reviewer
- “You gave me nightmares!” – Audience Reviewer