Edinburgh Fringe interview: Director Madelaine Moore on bloody unlikeable female characters in play Ladykiller
Director Madelaine Moore talks about Ladykiller, its charmingly murderous female lead, preparing for the Fringe and what she's looking forward to seeing. And writer Madeline Gould pops in to talk about creating murderous characters.
Ladykiller really is unlike any character you have seen on stage before. She is unlikeable. She says and does all the things you might fantasise about doing when someone wrongs you, but wouldn't dare... mainly because they would mostly be illegal.
She's a character who toes the line between victim and perpetrator with such saucy alacrity.
She manages to charm the pants off you while covered in blood up to her elbows, and with a dead body at her feet.
At previews as well as loud guffaws we've had a woman mime a tiny fist pump while quietly hissing "YESSSS!" and another who would not (could not) look at Hannah (McClean who plays 'Her') throughout the show.
My favourite audience quote so far has been, "so dark it was like a beautiful black hole."
With that darkness, we wanted to push the boundaries, because for us it was really about answering the question, how much is too much? It's going to be very interesting to see how audiences answer that!
Writer Madeline Gould is described as having a knowledge of serial killers, women in crime and all things generally gruesome which is 'second to none’ - dare we ask how come?
So Maddie, and me to a certain extent, both have a fascination with people who kill; serial killers in particular.
I used to have a collection of books about serial killers that lived next to my bed until I realised it might look a bit weird to anyone who made it in that far, so I got rid of them. But Maddie is a voracious reader, podcast fan and researcher so she's really gone in.