Dream Lover, Jane Elia’s new play inspired by the crimes of London serial killer Dennis Nilsen, premieres this month as part of Clapham Fringe. The festival performance takes place at 1pm on Saturday 25 September 2021 at London’s Bread & Roses Theatre.
Andrew has been found and he’s willing to talk. But are we prepared for all his revelations?
Consumed with a secret desire, Andrew can’t seem to help sliding into his darkest fantasies. But where does fantasy end and reality begin?
As he relates his strange and shocking story, we must piece together the puzzle of his actions, memories and dreams to understand the incomprehensible.
At once gripping, eerie and moving, Dream Lover explores one man’s raw instincts through clever use of sound and blurs lines through lighting, with a mixture of naturalistic performance and surreal stylistic choices.
Dream Lover is written by Jane Elia and directed by Rachael Bellis, who reunite after their success with Jane’s play Unseen at the Brockley Jack Theatre in 2019. Daniel Higley stars.
Dream Lover is a fictional piece inspired by the life events of serial killer, Dennis Nilsen.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, Dennis Nilsen, aka ‘the Muswell Hill Murderer’, killed at least twelve young men and boys in north London. He lured his victims to his home before killing them by strangulation or drowning.
After each murder, he bathed and dressed the body, which he kept for long periods before dissecting and disposing of the remains, sometimes by flushing them down the toilet. The crimes were eventually discovered after a plumber found bones and flesh in a drain in Nilsen’s building.
In 1983, Nilsen was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment on 4 November 1983. He died in prison in 2018.
🎭CLAPHAM FRINGE 2021 🎭
22 Sep – 10 Oct
We can’t wait to welcome you back to @BreadandRosesTC & what a line-up we have – LETS GO!
— Clapham Fringe (@ClaphamFringe) August 12, 2021
Playwright Jane Elia wrote her first short play Unseen a few years ago and teamed up with director Rachael Bellis to produce it for the Brockley Jack scratch night in 2019. Jane has been writing fiction for years and has published short stories in literary magazines Dream Catcher and Word Riot. She has also written about film, art and health for publications such as The Pre-Raphaelite Review and The Body.
Jane Elia Productions was formed during the pandemic following Unseen. The company strives to create psychologically-driven, experimental drama, bringing literary styles to the stage with a fresh exploration of what it means to be human. Often hinging on an ah-ha moment, the work engages audiences with emotive experiences, from fears and weaknesses to enlightenment and triumph.
Director Rachael Bellis began directing in 2018, with Aequitas Theatre Company’s production of Fear and Misery of the Third Reich and hasn’t stopped since. She has directed plays across the fringe, most notably Antigone also at the Bread and Roses (Aequitas, 2018), Sunday on the Rocks (Rabble Theatre, 2019) and the critically acclaimed A Little Princess (Rebel Theatre Company, December 2019-Jan 2020).
Rachael has worked on several Zoom performances during the pandemic, including her latest project, Macbeth with Worldwide Shakespeare. Rachael is the Artistic Director of Aequitas Theatre Company and regularly performs, writes, sings, and produces work.