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The State Vs John Hayes

Huntsville prison, Texas, 1959.

Elyese Dukie is on Death Row for the murder of two people. Tomorrow she goes to court for the last time. But tonight Elyese reveals the one thing she won’t tell the court or the string of psychiatrists sent to diagnose her: that she is not alone in her cell…

John Hayes is in there with her.

Psychopath, or seductress? 

Murderer, or manipulator? 

Psychiatric hospital, or the electric chair?


Critically acclaimed, award winning play has toured throughout the UK. This striking one-act, psychological thriller laced with dark humour is based on extensive research into real-life female killers.


Written and performed by Lucy Roslyn

Directed by Jemma Gross

Produced by Epsilon Productions

Music by Jor Bennett

Lighting design by Sherry Coenen

Stage managed by Chris Silvester

Sound design Sophie Cotton

Image by Paul Hancock



Edinburgh Festival

Brighton Festival

The Lowry, Manchester

Theatre Royal, Bath

The Kings Head, London

Piper Theatre, New York 

Epsilon Productions are dedicated to making new exciting theatre. To find out more please go to:


Argus Angel for Artistic Excellence



Gemini Print Award 


Production Shots

Epsilon Productions. Andy Colbourne



★★★★★ - Islington Gazette - “It is impossible to look away”

★★★★★ - Female Arts “Within its 60 minutes, more is said about gender, identity and female sexuality than many plays twice its length”


★★★★★ - London Pub Theatre – “An extraordinary play.... captivating”


★★★★★ - Grump Gay Critic – “dangerous and thrilling... there isn’t a more complete and incredible performance currently anywhere in London”


★★★★★ - Remote Goat – “a brilliantly honest performance”


★★★★ - The Stage – “Astonishing...  it may only be an hour in length but its impact lasts much longer”


★★★★ - West End Wilma – “frightening and witty in equal measure... outstanding"


★★★★ - Top London Theatre – “fearless, strong and honest”


★★★★ - Everything Theatre – “an original and engaging piece of work”


★★★★ - Carn’s Theatre Passion – “a powerful and well-staged production that needs to be seen”


★★★★ - The Gizzle Review – “deliciously chilling authenticity... a truly captivating and provocative hour”


★★★★ - Culturefly – “Simple. Effective. Engrossing.”


★★★★ - London City Nights – “like spending an hour in a lion’s cage... the epitome of a performance-centered character piece”


★★★★ - Plays to See – “Lucy Roslyn is outstanding”


★★★★ - Middle Peg Review – “a brilliant performance”


★★★★ - London Theatre 1 – “extraordinary... a gripping and disturbing hour of theatre”

★★★★★ - The Argus Guide - “This has to be one of the best shows at this years’ Fringe”


★★★★★ - Fringe Guru - “A fascinating, riddling play”


The Lowry Studio, January 2015


★★★★★ - Salford Online – “A compelling, twisted drama that I wished would never end”


John Lloyd's MUST SEE for Theatre, Edinburgh Festival 2013


★★★★★ - Broadwaybaby – “This harrowing script is further haunted by actress Lucy Roslyn’s total embodiment of the character”


★★★★★ - Londongrip – “Utterly compelling"

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