This script includes two versions of the play. The first, as it was originally written, for one actor, and the second, adapted for a company of 5-8 actors. Character lists and other information are provided at the beginning of each version.
MARY JANE KELLY, a prostitute, late twenties. Plays ALL, or:
CHORUS taking the shape of various figures from Mary Jane’s memory as follows:
FEMALE CHORUS MEMBERS play:
CATH EDDOWES: a prostitute and alcoholic, 50s.
LUCY: a prostitute.
COUSIN: a prostitute, Welsh.
GOSSIP: a witness and attendee at the Inquest.
LIZ STRIDE: a prostitute and alcoholic, 40s, Swedish. Missing her teeth.
PROPRIETRESS: Madam of a West End brothel.
MALE CHORUS MEMBERS play:
JOE: a fishporter, Mary’s on and off boyfriend.
CHARLIE: a policeman, Mary’s friend.
POLICEMAN: an East Ender policeman.
GENTLEMAN: a witness.
INQUISITOR: runs the Ripper inquest.
LANDLORD: a Whitechapel Slum-lord.
MR MARCH: a gentleman, client of a West End brothel.
CONSTABLE WATKINS: rookie beat policeman.
CONSTABLE HUTT: senior policeman and desk clerk. Irish.
DOCTOR BROWN: an experienced autopsy doctor.
VIGILANTE: a witness (can be played by a man or a woman).
PHOTO: Diana Cherkas as Mary Jane Kelly in the Centenary Stage Company production