Killer Joe

This past Monday Killer Joe had their dress rehearsal, so I met up with the cast in Corpus Playroom.

‘I heard y’all talkin’ about killin’ Momma. I think it’s a good idea.’

Dallas, Texas. The Smiths are just like any other American family. 6 grand in debt to drug barons, they hire ‘Killer’ Joe Cooper, a detective-cum-contract-killer, to murder their estranged matriarch for her sizeable life insurance policy. When Joe demands a rather unusual retainer for his services, a simple plan spirals dangerously out of control.

Explosive, gory and darkly funny, this Southern Gothic pulp classic by Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Letts (Bug, August Osage County) has been causing controversy, on stage and screen, since it premiered in 1993.

(Text from Camdram)

While waiting for the rehearsal to start Will Bishop, Jack Parham and Rebecca Thomas joined me outside for a few photos.

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Will Bishop as “Killer” Joe Cooper.
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Rebecca Thomas plays Sharla. Here our plan was to weave a bit of story telling into the photo so we had Will drag a dead Jack across the stones in the background.
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There were several big fight scenes in the play. Here Will Bishop and Jack Parham are reenacting one of them in front of King’s College Chapel.
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Will Bishop, Rebecca Thomas and Jack Parham.
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Jack Parham and Will Bishop.

 

Time is up, rehearsal starts!

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Jack Parham and Rebecca Thomas. The play starts with Chris (Jack) banging on the door, waking up Sharla (Rebecca).
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Jack Parham, Rebecca Thomas and Joe Shalom.
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Andreea Tudose as Dottie, and Will Bishop (as Joe) in the background.
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Andreea Tudose and Will Bishop
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Andreea Tudose and Will Bishop.
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Will Bishop, Jack Parham and Joe Shalom.
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Jack Parham, Joe Shalom and Will Bishop.
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Rebecca Thomas
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Andreea Tudose and Rebecca Thomas.
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Joe Shalom and Rebecca Thomas
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Andreea Tudose, Jack Parham and Joe Shalom
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Jack Parham, Will Bishop and Joe Shalom
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Will Bishop
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Will Bishop and Andreea Tudose
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Will Bishop and Andreea Tudose
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Andreea Tudose and Will Bishop
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Will Bishop and Andreea Tudose
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Will Bishop and Andreea Tudose
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Will Bishop, Andreea Tudose, Jack Parham and Rebecca Thomas
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Will Bishop and Jack Parham
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Jack Parham covered in fake blood
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Joe Spence
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Will Bishop
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Andreea Tudose, Joe Shalom, Rebecca Thomas and Jack Parham
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Jack Parham and Joe Shalom
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Jack Parham and Andreea Tudose
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Joe Shalom and Rebecca Thomas
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Rebecca Thomas, Will Bishop and Joe Shalom
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Zoé Barnes
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Will Bishop, Rebecca Thomas and Joe Shalom
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Rebecca Thomas and Will Bishop
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Rebecca Thomas, Will Bishop and Joe Shalom
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Will Bishop and Rebecca Thomas
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Rebecca Thomas and Will Bishop
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Will Bishop, Andreea Tudose and Rebecca Thomas
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Rebecca Thomas and Will Bishop
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Rebecca Thomas
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Rebecca Thomas and Will Bishop
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Rebecca Thomas and Will Bishop
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Will Bishop and Joe Shalom
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Will Bishop and Rebecca Thomas
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Will Bishop, Rebecca Thomas and Joe Shalom
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Rebecca Thomas, Joe Shalom and Will Bishop.

 

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Will Bishop, Jack Parham and Mother.
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Will Bishop and Jack Parham
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Jack Parham and Andreea Tudose
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Jack Parham and Andreea Tudose
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Jack Parham, Andreea Tudose with Rebecca Thomas and Joe Shalom just entering the stage.
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Rebecca Thomas, Will Bishop, Andreea Tudose and Joe Shalom.
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Jack Parham, Joe Shalom, Andreea Tudose, Will Bishop and Rebecca Thomas
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Joe Shalom, Rebecca Thomas, Andreea Tudose, Jack Parham and Will Bishop
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Jack Parham and Will Bishop. At the point of the rehearsal they had not yet sourced their gun.
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Andreea Tudose, Jack Parham and Rebecca Thomas
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Jack Parham’s head made a dent in the styrofoam doors of the cupboard.
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Jack Parham, Joe Shalom and Rebecca Thomas
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Rebecca Thomas, Joe Shalom, Jack Parham and Will Bishop.
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Jack Parham and Will Bishop
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Andreea Tudose, Joe Shalom, Rebecca Thomas, Will Bishop and Jack Parham
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Joe Shalom, Rebecca Thomas, Andreea Tudose, Will Bishop and Jack Parham
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Rebecca Thomas, Joe Shalom, Will Bishop and Andreea Tudose
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Andreea Tudose

Reviews: Varsity (4/5), The Cambridge Student (8/10), The Tab (4/5)

Cast
Dottie – Andreea Tudose
Chris – Jack Parham
Ansel – Joe Shalom
Sharla – Rebecca Thomas
“Killer” Joe Cooper – Will Bishop

Production Team
Director – Joe Spence
Producer – Katurah Morrish
Associate Director – Gus Mitchell, Emma Blacklay-Piech
Assistant Director – Russell Fancourt
Set Designer – Emily Barker
Sound Designer – Jamie Rycroft
Master Carpenter – Toby Molyneux
Lighting Designer – Johnny King
Costume Designer – Zoe Barnes
Publicity Designer – Gabriel Agranoff
Photographer – Daniel Karaj
Associate Fight Director – Victor Støle
Fight Director – Sam Brain
Production Photographer – Johannes Hjorth

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