'Her' is a perverse figurehead for female empowerment and it is that contradiction and the darkness that I loved.
Writer Madeline Gould’s pitch black play perverts stereotypes to explore female criminality but more than that.
Her (Hannah McClean) uses female stereotypes to her murderous advantage.
Gould has done her research. She knows the psychological profiles of different types of killers, knows the assumptions and the boxes into which criminals are placed.
When Her describes blood it is sensuous and she revels in it as you would a more innocent substance.
Gould has created a deliciously complex character: duplicitous, despicable, clever, brutal and admirable. And McClean superbly captures the contradictions at times vulnerable, fun, charming and terrifying.
Her is a perverse figurehead for female empowerment and it is that darkness and contradiction that I loved.
Ladykiller also tackles themes of class and in particular the treatment of those in service, the message of mutual respect is loud and clear.
It is a play of dark rumbling wit and observation, one from which you continue to peel away the layers long afterwards. Skillful and powerful writing and performance.
Edit 7/10 Ladykiller is transferring to The Pleasance in London at the end of November for details head over to the Pleasance's website.
The team behind LadyKiller - The Thelmas - put on another play earlier this year called Coconut which was also rather good.