The Thelmas


By Madeline Gould

Friday 17 April 2020, 7.45pm

Neville Studio - Tickets: £12

Ages 16+ - 65 mins (no interval)


A hotel room, a chambermaid and a dead woman. It’s not what it looks like, really, it’s not. It was self-defence… and anyway the woman was asking for it.

The chambermaid considers herself to be a pretty normal person; she reads books. She pretended to read the party manifestos at the General Election. She’s even read The Psychopath Test and she’s pretty sure she’s not one so…

After rave reviews and sold out shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2018 and Vault Festival 2019, Ladykiller is a blood- soaked morality tale about victimhood, power and flipping the gender rule book on psychopathy. Charting one woman’s journey from violent oppression to bloody revolution, it is the (gruesome) quintessential jet-black comedy for the age of the gig economy.

Please note, this show contains strong language, adult content, complex themes of murder, assault and abuses of power, graphic visual representations of blood, sexual references, and graphic descriptions of violence and autopsy.


‎★‎★‎★‎★‎★ ‘What a blood-curdling shriek of a hit it is!’ A Younger Theatre

‎★‎★‎★‎★‎★ ‘a smash hit at this fringe and beyond’ Broadway Baby

‎★‎★‎★‎★‎★ ‘Madeline Gould’s script is unflinching … Hannah McClean’s bright-eyed portrayal is chilling, charming and terrifyingly believable. What is most thrilling about Ladykiller… is how the chambermaid looks and sounds just like us. She could easily be our neighbour, co-worker or friend.’ The Skinny

‎★ ‎★‎★‎★‎★ ‘an eerily convincing portrait of an unhinged mind. Ladykiller defies expectations by raising issues such as social class and the inherent sexism in the study of serial killers (all discussed through a comedic lens)’ Three Weeks

‎★‎★‎★‎★ ‘“Be nice to people who work in customer service” is just one of the messages in Ladykiller, a very funny and refreshingly offbeat comedy from The Thelmas.’ The Stage

‎★‎★‎★‎★ ‘Hannah McClean is superb as the maid … Her disarming smile is Cheshire Cattish, sometimes shark-like – enough to make you think twice next time you leave your hotel room in a state.’ The Scotsman

‎★ ‎★‎★‎★ ‘pokes at the optimism of feminist beliefs in equality and the innate compassion of women in a bracing monologue of fierce intensity.’ The List

‎★‎★‎★‎★ ‘a mesmeric performance. It’s a rare treat, combining humour, horror and intelligence.’ Fringe Guru

‎★‎★‎★‎★ ‘Madeline Gould’s script is one of the best written one-woman pieces at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe’ Miro Magazine

‎★‎★‎★‎★ ‘Ladykiller is entertaining, funny, engaging, and an effective allegory for challenging gender roles in contemporary society.’ Theatre Box Blog

‎★‎★‎★‎★ ‘A bloody brilliant hymn to the dark side of a zero hours worker’ To Do List

‎★‎★‎★‎★ ‘A compelling one-woman show that explores the imbalance between the sexes for a deadly purpose – Hannah McClean is breath-taking’ Mind The Blog

‎★‎★‎★‎★ ‘the comic timing nothing short of excellent’ LondonTheatre1

‘Ladykiller is a surprisingly enjoyable fifty minutes, with a political bite beneath the surface of its humour … a hilariously dark comic monologue, delivered with aplomb by performer Hannah McLean.’ Exeunt Magazine

‘HER is a perverse figurehead for female empowerment and it is that darkness and contradiction that I loved.’ RevStan

‘It is a very dark comedy and a fascinating topic to dwell on.’ The F Word

Cast and Crew

Name Role
Madeline Gould Writer
Madelaine Moore Director
Guleraana Mir Associate Producer
Laura Elmes Associate Producer

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