A one-man black operetta, a musical with social history, black comedy, and a murder investigation.
Hear the stories of the women who were killed, and meet the men (the Jacks) who might have been the Ripper.
Dr. Marigaux weaves music, storytelling, and grim facts together, accompanying himself on double bass with his blues-drenched vocals crying over pulsing bass beats.
Meet colourful characters such as Long Liz Stride and Marie Jeannette Kelly, who died at the Ripper’s hands, and Pearly Poll who spent the night drinking with another of the victims. We’ll start with some of the more fanciful suspects such as Lewis Carrol(!) and Queen Victoria’s grandson(!), before moving on to more likely Jacks. We’ll go to the inquests and hear the evidence, and we’ll wonder if the ripper was H.H. Holmes, the American serial killer (on holiday), or James Maybrick, the wealthy cotton dealer, or Kosminsky - a man described by the police as “a Polish Jew who had become insane due to many year’s indulgence in solitary vices.” At the end of the show, the Doctor will reveal who the Ripper (probably) really was.
Dr. Marigaux is best known as a jazz and blues sax player and singer, but he has been working on mastering the double bass (or “bull fiddle”), the most beautiful to look at, and most sonorous to hear of all the instruments. He says: “This show has been a vehicle to master this wonderful instrument. I started out thinking of writing a comedy-musical with a Ripper theme, but as I researched the murders, I became more interested in the stories of the women he killed. Their tales are usually neglected, but these women had powerful, and powerfully sad, stories that deserved to be told. So the show became as much a piece of social history, while still laced with black humour. And when I realised the implications of the Ripper’s true identity… well, that was chilling.”
There is no age restriction, but you should be aware that the show includes graphic descriptions of prostitution and murder.
Please note this show has it's first night at a different location. (See www.dunedinfringe.nz for tickets.)
Fringe Tags; Musicals, Theatre, Storytelling