Barnstaple's Fringe Theatre Festival
June 25th-28th 2015

You All Know Me, I'm Jack Ruby!

Clifford Barry

age 15+
some strong language
60 mins

On November 22nd 1963, while campaigning for support in Dallas, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. A suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, was swiftly arrested and charged. Two days later in the basement of the Dallas Police Department a local nightclub owner, Jack Ruby, gunned him down live on national television.

More than fifty years later the speculation continues.

Kennedy: A beacon for peace or a man whose recklessness brought the world to the tipping-point for nuclear destruction? The proud family man on the cover of the glossy magazines or a drug-dependent sex addict behind closed doors? An incorruptible master statesman or a president in office because of massive vote rigging?

Oswald: Lone nut or unwitting patsy? Committed communist or CIA asset?

No such debate exists for Ruby. The label "the Mafia's man in Dallas" has stuck fast. A blunt, underworld weapon used to silence Oswald. A piece that fits the puzzle.

No one asks if Jack Ruby fits the piece.

This show is underpinned by on-the-record evidence - statements at Ruby's trial, his testimony to the Warren Commission, responses to psychiatric & polygraph testing and messages secreted out of the Dallas County Jail.

It's a story you won't have heard.

You All Know Me - I'm Jack Ruby! has toured to Theatre Festivals throughout the UK, including an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The 2014 London Solo Festival gave its "Best Male" category award to Clifford Barry for his performance in this show. In November 2014 the show played Theatre Row on 42nd Street, New York.

Clifford Barry has been a professional actor for 25 years. Television credits include Coronation Street, Game of Thrones, The 10th Kingdom, Eastenders, Law & Order UK, Injustice, Jonathan Creek, Red Dwarf, Dalziel & Pascoe, The Bill and Knightmare. Feature films include The Man Who Cried, Just Visiting and Al's Lads. Stage highlights include playing MacBeth, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, Jean Valjean in Red Shift's acclaimed production of Les Miserables and the title role in The Tipton Slasher.

Director Clive Holland runs Mischievous Theatre Company and has directed for Forest Forge, Proteus, Third Party, Portable Theatre and Neti-Neti. Current projects include The Man in the Wide Awake Hat, based on the life and works of AWN Pugin, and a touring production of Oliver Postgate's Noggin the Nog.


The List
"Killer portrait from writer-performer Clifford Barry...cleverly conceived and smartly executed...a pleasingly complex dramatic study thatís in turn funny, abhorrent and poignant, Barryís portrayal of Ruby is absolutely much about the man as the conspiracy theories, the show both provokes and engages."

Broadway Baby
"the depth of research that went into this production shines through...Barry develops a character that is incredibly well rounded and complex and thoroughly believable...deeply moving and disturbing with moments of intensely brilliant acting. This portrayal of a deluded man questions the very justice system we rely on. Was Jack Ruby a communist? A gangster? A psychotic killer? A patriotic hero? Barry leads us to these questions but leaves us to make up our own minds about this complicated and interesting man."

"a top drawer character study, laced with dark humour...a poised physical performance full of authority, well paced and directed, posing tough questions about truth and lies, about impulsiveness and compulsion, about conspiracy and anti-semitism...Ruby's life is a tragedy, but Barry shares this life with humanity, humour and a depth of research and erudition in writing that renders it into a classy solo production. Highly recommended - you'll be held in thrall from start to finish."

Plays International
"I wish this wonderful show could have been longer...the excellence of this self-penned script and the manner in which the actor inhabits the role leave us in no doubt about Ruby: like his hero, he asked himself what he could do for his country and found the answer."

"a sympathetic and nuanced view of Ruby: an almost tragic figure, a bystander caught up in someone elseís tale. Barry cuts a commanding presence...there was one moment, when he looked me in the eyes, that I felt a stab of genuine fear... As the JFK rumour mill whirls on and on, Rubyís been celebrated, pilloried, venerated and defamed, so itís high time we heard some words of his own. I listened to those words and I actually believed them."

Counter Culture UK
"This show is engrossing on so many levels, almost overwhelming in the amount of information packed into every expression, gesture and phrase. Clifford Barry is utterly convincing as Jack Ruby."

The Sci-Fi Bulletin
"Mesmerising...Barry inhabits and humanises Ruby, a man slowly disintegrating before our eyes, physically and mentally. Itís a bravura performance. Verdict: Rush to see Ruby." Buxton Fringe Review (Nominated for Best Actor) "utterly compelling...a vivid and visceral piece of theatre. Clifford Barry is nothing short of superb.Ē