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London Road

Late in 2006, a truck driver named Steve Wright was arrested in Ipswich, a river town in Suffolk, England, for the murders of five prostitutes who had offered themselves to men along the town's London Road, near a newly built sports stadium. The usual media circus ensued, sullying the town's reputation, before Wright was convicted on all counts in February 2008 and sentenced to life in prison. In the weeks leading up to his trial and afterward, experimental playwright Alecky Blythe interviewed the killer's immediate neighbors, the reporters covering the case, and even a few sex workers, returning to London with more than 100 hours of recordings. She might easily have turned this material into a radio documentary, but instead, collaborating with composer Adam Cork and director Rufus Norris of Britain's National Theatre, Blythe turned it into a stage musical, London Road, which premiered in 2011 to great acclaim and has since been adapted to the screen. Continue reading >>

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