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A 'Making A Murderer' Style Death Row Theatre Drama Is Coming To The UK

Ever since Netflix released Making A Murderer, our true-crime obsession has continued to grow and serial killer documentaries and the likes have been on the rise.

Now, true-crime fanatics will be able to see gruesome stories unfold on stage as well as on screen, as the new true-crime death row drama, The Exonerated, comes to the UK.

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Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester will be home to the new show, which is said to be presented in the form of a documentary - much like Making A Murderer on stage.

Using interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and public record, The Exonerated tells the real life story of six wrongfully convicted survivors from death row, in their own words.

Credit: Hope Mill Theatre
Credit: Hope Mill Theatre

The production uses a combination of live theatre and filmed footage to create a unique experience for true-crime fanatics, inspired by series such as The Innocent Man and The Staircase.

Each of the six stories will help to build a picture of an American justice system that's gone horribly wrong - using first person monologues, courtroom and prison footage to share the lives of the six who managed to survive.

Death row cells. Credit: Flickr
Death row cells. Credit: Flickr

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Artistic Director, Joseph Houston, said: "I am thrilled to be directing the Northern Premiere of The Exonerated. When I first read the play I was instantly inspired by these heart-breaking stories of six people wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death row.

"Knowing the power of documentaries like Making a Murderer and The Staircase in highlighting legal injustices and the emotional connection we have to such stories, I knew that Hope Mill was the perfect venue for a 'Netflix-style' reimagining of The Exonerated.

"I want this to be a unique theatrical experience that integrates documentary-style filmed footage, but without losing the impact of live theatre."

The show is written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, and is directed by Hope Mill Artistic Director and co-founder Joseph Houston.

The Exonerated will take place from 8th - 16th June and tickets are available here for just £14.

Featured Image Credit: Hope Mill Threatre

Topics: Entertainment, True Crime, TV Entertainment

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on emma.rosemurgey@pretty52.com

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