Jack The Ripper My life as a Suspect


Jack The Ripper My life as a Suspect

The Temple Bar

121 Western Road
Upstairs: MAY 8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, JUN 2-3, 5 at 14:15 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £7

Jack The Ripper My life as a Suspect

In this show character comedian Robert Inston with respect to victims, and irreverence that only comes from knowledge...dissects the suspected perpetrators and celebrities dumbfounded by the demon of Whitechapel. In part one, he gives an overview of the period...particularly the response of the Government and Queen Victoria herself whose own grandson was a suspect. In Part 2, he "becomes" George Chapman wife poisoner; John Piser, known as Leather Apron as he worked in a slaughterhouse; the pathetic Aaron Kosminski who was more solitary than social....

Ticket types this year are Paid, Pay What You Can and Free - this is how it works: Paid: The show is fully ticketed and you pay in advance or on the door; Pay What You Can: You can choose to buy a ticket in advanced to guarantee entry and what to pay over a minimum amount OR turn up at the venue to get in for free in any space that is left; Free: The show is free entry and can be ticketed or unticketed. Watch the show, and the performer will ask for donations at the end for those that would like to contribute.

News and Reviews for this Show

Jack the Ripper: My Life as a Suspect, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Maggie’s Chamber

August 22, 2021    thereviewshub.com

Jack the Ripper: My Life as a Suspect, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Maggie’s Chamber

If you’re looking for the blood, guts and gore story of Jack the Ripper, you’ve come to the wrong place. As a venue, Maggie’s Chamber may effortlessly transport you to the dark streets and tunnels of London in the late nineteenth century, but Jack the Ripper: My Life as a subject is not aiming for the lowest common denominator depiction of murder, scandal and revulsion.

Writer and performer Robert Inston has instead turned a light on some of the suspects and other public figures as they respond to the public concern or accusations against them. Queen Victoria is the first person we meet, and we then descend gradually down the social classes ending at the notorious downtrodden “leather apron”, whose name seemed to be irrelevant to people looking for a suspect who could confirm their prejudices and leave their trust in the upper classes intact.

Inston bookends the show with explanations of his reasons for choosing these characters and how they are developing further, and extending the show’s running time, the more times he plays them. He admits that he’s instinctively drawn to the more well-off flamboyant figures, but it’s as we reach the lower orders that the people and monologues get more compelling.

Before that, there’s a feeling that the characters are reporting the media perceptions of them and claiming them to be wrong, but not really giving an alternative version of themselves or commenting on what the accusations say about the accusers and societies perception of bohemians and outsiders.

It’s only when Inston goes deeper inside the character’s heads, moving beyond their public faces and words and into their internal thoughts and reality, that the show really replaces the salacious with the psychological, and introduces us to people and lives that are normally left out of retellings of the story. When it does, it takes us into a world that you wish could be explored further. Click Here For Review

Jack the Ripper: My Life as a Suspect

August 1, 2021    BroadwayBaby

Jack the Ripper: My Life as a Suspect

henever we think of Jack the Ripper, immediately we think back to Whitechapel and his gruesome victims. Robert Inston's work in progress show Jack The Ripper: My Life as a Suspect explores the people who were seen as suspects at the time, including people such as George Chapman, with well researched historical fact, as well as monologues that indicated the type of people they were according to the media at the time. But what if the newspapers were wrong and they had a voice? This is where Inston's well portrayed characters and concept comes in.

he became each suspect with such ease and dexteriety

The show that I saw showed Inston performing in front of a tiny audience with none of the original costumes he normally uses due to the uncertainty with audience numbers on this occasion. Normally I would say that the costume makes a show like this with strong performances such as Inston's, however the version we saw equally worked without the costumes, as we saw him in his most neutral state as well as the subtle physical transitions as he became each suspect with such ease and dexteriety without going into melodramatic territory. It is easy to assume that anything to do with Jack the Ripper, thanks to previous films (including the more recent From Hell) that the Victorian period was all about big characters and big actions, but as shown today, it was the stillness of each transition as he chillingly became each character that made this particular show engaging and educational.

There were moments of gentle comedy where he channelled a very regal Queen Victoria to show how she viewed these horrible crimes whilst in mourning for her love Albert. He captured her mannerisms well by underplaying rather than overplaying, making her charming and engaging. But it was the sections explaining more about the characters in development, as well as the ongoing historical research that was interesting to listen to and left us asking more about his extensive knowledge about Jack the Ripper after the show. He mixed fact with humerous anecdotes from his experiences so far with living in Whitechapel itself and working as a tour guide for the Jack The Ripper Museum, which added a personalised touch to the journey of self discovery he was on and left us wanting more.

With the costumes in place and further things to be added, Jack the Ripper: My Life As A Suspect looks set for future success and even though right now it has the bare bones of a show, everything about it showcases Robert Inston's incredible talent and intellect. It would be interesting to follow this show on its journey as it grows - especially as the subject is not for the sensitive or faint-hearted. But with the right approach, which Inston seems to be on, this show looks set for further success. Click Here For Review