Epsilon Productions in association with Boon Dog Theatre
THE STATE VS JOHN HAYES
written and performed by Lucy Roslyn
Directed by Jemma Gross
John Lloyd’s MUST SEE for theatre, Edinburgh Festival 2013
“This harrowing script is further haunted by actress Lucy Roslyn’s total embodiment of the character”
“Lucy Roslyn is utterly compelling…Deftly weaving a story of Abandonment and abuse”
★★★★★ London grip.co.uk
Huntsville prison, Texas, 1959. Elyese Dukie is on Death Row for the murder of two people. Tomorrow she goes to court for the last time. But tonight Elyese reveals the one thing she won’t tell the court or the string of psychiatrists sent to diagnose her: that she is not alone in her cell… John Hayes is in there with her.
Psychopath, or seductress? Murderer, or manipulator? Psychiatric hospital, or the electric chair?
A striking one-act, psychological thriller laced with dark humour. Based on extensive research into real-life female killers.
“I would do anything for someone I loved”
“I do have one critiscism and that is that I didn’t want it to end”
★★★★★ Remote Goat
Brief back history of the show and those involved:
The State Vs John Hayes is Lucy Roslyn’s first piece of writing for stage. Based on extensive research into female killers and life on death row. It was first performed at the Hen and Chickens theatre in Islington, 2012. It went on to perform a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, C Venues, 2013 where it received critical acclaim, and then the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, 2014.
It was originally directed by Richard Warren. Key image (mugshot) by Paul Hancock. Original music by Joe Bennett. Press representative Chiara Ciabattoni.
Excluding the main character (Elyese Dukie/John Hayes) all characters in the play are named after killers and their victims.