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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 12:03 UK time, Friday, 7 May 2010

A controversial new play set in the living room of notorious serial killers, Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, is set to open at Newport's Dolman Theatre.

16 Wardle Brook Avenue is the brainchild of director Mark Hickman, who is currently in the third year of a performing arts course at the University of Wales, Newport.

Mark Hickman directs performing arts students Tara Hobbs and Josef Summers in a scene from 16 Wardle Brook Avenue © Phil Mansell

Mark Hickman directs performing arts students Tara Hobbs and Josef Summers in a scene from 16 Wardle Brook Avenue © Phil Mansell

The one-act play, named after the address in which Brady and Hindley used to live, is being presented as part of a graduate showcase by final year students on 12 and 13 May, and is already a sell-out.

Mark Hickman with Tara Hobbs and Josef Summers © Phil Mansell.

Mark Hickman with Tara Hobbs and Josef Summers © Phil Mansell.

Hickman has said of his production: "I realise that this is a very controversial subject to tackle. My intention is not to glorify these two people but rather to present a psychological analysis of them.

"I have attempted to bring together the very ordinary and mundane aspects of their life together with the fact that they are committing these terrible crimes - and how each of them deals with that in a very different way."

Second year performing arts students Tara Hobbs and Josef Summers play the roles in the play (pictured below, © Phil Mansell).

Actors Tara Hobbs and Josef Summers © Phil Mansell

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