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Dead Kiddy Porn

To hold you over until Monday, read my review of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen from this weekend’s Philadelphia Inquirer. You can’t talk back on their website, but feel free to let loose right here.

The play was based on Lavery’s–to my mind–arrogant reaction to a documentary she’d seen on England’s Moors Murders. Moors murderers

 

Perhaps it wasn’t wise for the paper to send the mother of a daughter exactly the same age as the play’s murder victim to review the show, but on the flip side, I am something of a closet expert on serial killers (as is my mom, which, for a time, made for some truly odd mother-daughter bonding sessions). 

Anyway, I found the play exploitative in the most cynical way, and it really got under my skin, but not, I’m guessing in the way InterAct might have hoped. And one thing I didn’t have room to mention in my review: grieving mother + fondling dead child’s skull = way, way over the top. 

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7 Responses

  1. Interesting topic to write a play on. One of the most infamous cases in British history. Brady and Hindley were convicted several years after the death penalty was abolished de facto in England. Brady I believe is still alive, Hindley, who died a couple of years back was a favourite of Lord Longford and his rehabilitation programs.

    Unfortunately their victims were not available for comment.

  2. Would have been more interesting, I think, if it examined the actual murders and murderers, rather than imposing Lavery’s misguided moralism on the audience.

    There’s a musical that Media did recently called Thrill Me about the Leopold and Loeb case, and though it is told from their perspective, it was somehow less offensive to me than this play (maybe it had something to do with Thrill Me’s catchy tunes).

  3. The British rock group ‘The Smiths’ had a hit with a disgusting song on the topic…..

    Closer examination of the court transcript will be revealing to you. Brady and Hindley audio taped one their victims…..

    A chapter of British history best consigned to archive…

  4. Now now, no slagging on The Smiths. Here’s more about the song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suffer_Little_Children
    Apparently Morrisey was deeply affected by the murders as a child. And I daresay even this song does a better job of handles the topic’s multiple perspectives.

  5. In the background somebody has just asked Hillary a question….. Before she answered, she laughed..

    The question was. “If God is so compassionate, why does he let people suffer?”

    I know the song well, I grew up with the group. It had no value other than shock. Morrisey’s childhood trauma is for the shrink, not teeny boppers….

  6. Clearly, he’s a compassionate conservative.

  7. Never met one of those characters, maybe they were the idle rich who threw coins to the peasantry….. Such an event proved inspirational for Sam Goldfisz……..Three guesses who he became….

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