Right: Director B Anthony
More than six years after a woman was pushed under a London bus by a jogger a play about the incident is on tour.
The drama captures the moment a bus driver swerves to miss by inches the woman pedestrian.
She’d been pushed into the road at Putney Bridge by a jogger.
At the time, police officers talked to more than 50 suspects.
Three were arrested and released without charge.
Despite a clear picture of the jogger London’s Metropolitan closed the inquiry.
The incident is now a Sonya Kelly play – Once Upon a Bridge – currently touring the East Midlands.
Director B Anthony said:
“I first came across the play during the Covid Lockdown.
“It was an on-line production by the Druid Theatre, Galway and I was captivated by the poetic writing and intriguing storyline.
“Taking three characters involved in a single incident and dramatizing their stories, both before and after the incident, has been done wonderfully well.
“It is a simple play to stage as the focus is on the dialogue and not the movement which makes it an ideal piece for touring.
“There is great joy in taking a piece of theatre out into the community where access to live theatre is limited – there is a real appreciation from the audience.
“It also gives a challenge to the actors and technicians who must adapt to the different spaces, adding to their skill set.
“It has been a joy to work with the current cast and crew – starting from the pages of a script and developing it, with their exceptional talents, into the captivating piece of theatre that is has become.”
Once Upon a Bridge is soon to play in villages near to Newark, Nottinghamshire.
It’s a three hander play.
The Woman is played by Clare Moss, the jogger Luke Willis and the busdriver Gurmej Virk.
All three shows are a sellout.
After months of investigating the incident and trying to identify the culprit, a Metropolitan Police force spokesman said:
“Officers looked at over 50 people of interest during the course of the investigation; all of them were researched, reviewed and eventually eliminated.
“The matter was investigated fully with all reasonable lines of inquiry completed.
“As a suspect has not been identified and as all lines of inquiry have now been exhausted, the investigation has been closed.
“Should any new information come to light, this will be explored.”
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