April 2023

The Drowning Girls

The famous Scotland Yard case of the ‘Brides of the Bathtub’


The Drowning Girls was inspired by the Scotland Yard case of the notorious serial murderer George Joseph Smith and his victims, the ‘Brides of the Bathtub’

Bessie, Alice and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead.  Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanising, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths.  Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.