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Saucy Jack

Saucy Jack
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Sharon Pollock
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 64
Pub. Date: 2004
ISBN-10: 0921368410
ISBN-13: 9780921368410

About the Play:

One of the most intriguing theories about the identity of the infamous London murderer, Jack the Ripper, is that he hid behind the skirts of respectability, social position, and perhaps, even royalty…

In Saucy Jack, the author of Blood Relations and Doc, Sharon Pollock, implicates the most upper echelons of British society in the brutal murders of London's prostitutes. In a stately Victorian drawing room, two old friends, James Kenneth Stephen, a scholar, and his former pupil, Prince Albert Victor, Queen Victoria’s nephew and heir to the throne, dance around the truth of the identity of London's most notorious killer, and while a tale of psychological intrigue is played out, an unravelling of tested friendship, betrayal, duplicity, and motive is revealed.

With the single female character of Kate, an actress hired by James to re-enact the death throes of the prostitutes, Pollock creates an ominous presence, both disturbing and haunting.

Saucy Jack undoes the mythology surrounding the killer, weakens his place in the ranks of history’s powerful, and instead, gives a voice and a face to his anonymous victims.

About the Playwright:

Sharon Pollock, OC FRSC, is one of Canada's most notable playwrights. Her stage plays have been produced by major and alternative theatres in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, India, Japan, Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, and throughout Canada. She has scripted a large number of plays for Young Audiences, written for both radio and television, and led playwriting and theatre workshops and labs both inside and outside Canada. She has received many honours including the Canada-Australia Literary Award, the Nellie Award for Drama, the Chalmers Award, and two Governor General's Awards. In 2007, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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