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Marilyn Monroe, movie star. Ruth Ellis, murderer. Infamous women. Famous last words, reimagined. Written and performed by award-winning writer, Joan Ellis pieces together the latest theories creating two dramatic monologues which enable these so-called dumb blondes to find their voice moments before they die. Marilyn Monroe, JFK’s ex-mistress whispers secrets about the Kennedy clan to ex-husband, Joe DiMaggio. In her last phone call, she begs DiMaggio to save her from threats, real and imagined as she is finally overpowered by one of the most powerful men in the USA.

Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain,minutes before her execution, reads her letter to lover, David Blakely, justifying why she shot him. Her aim is to have the last word. For once. Driven to the brink by Blakely’s constant infidelities and abuse, she sought the ultimate revenge.

Praise for ‘DIED BLONDES’

Player Playwrights 2017
‘wonderful’ Martin McNamara (BBC Radio 4)

Nevertheless Productions, Frome 2017
‘Fascinating theatre…carefully researched, convincing and beautifully contrasted, subtly observed and never falling into caricature.

Evesham Festival of Words, 2017
‘poignant… a night to remember’ Sue Ablett, Festival Director

Hastings Fringe 2017
‘Brilliant performance’ Heather Alexander, Artistic Director

Ventnor Fringe 2017
‘chilling and moving’ Laura Clare Reid, Fringe Review
‘thought-provoking and engaging’

The Cockpit, Theatre in the Pound, London 2017 (Ruth Ellis monologue)
‘Don’t change a word’ audience feedback

Plymouth Festival of Words 2017
‘Brilliant’ audience feedback

Brighton Fringe 2017
‘Writing and characterisation strong…great and vital part of an interesting programme’
Peter Hunter, Producer Apples and Snakes, South East

About Joan
Writer, lecturer, performer and broadcaster, Joan’s writing career began as an award-winning copywriter at top London advertising agencies where she scripted television and radio commercials for blue-chip clients. She penned a regular column for parenting magazine, Junior and has written for Campaign. She was a lecturer at The School of Communication Art and Bournemouth University. She taught Noel Fielding all he knows about advertising which is probably why he became a comedian. She writes and performs shows for numerous comedy clubs and literary festivals. She even performed on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once. She hosted a chat show on Vectis Radio interviewing everyone from former Radio1 DJ, Rob da Bank to disgraced ex-MP Andrew Turner. She is the author of four books: I am Ella. Buy me. Guilt. The Things You Missed While You Were Away and The Killing of Mummy’s Boy, based on Joan’s chance meeting with a murderer.



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