THE sad story of Bilston Kate who was killed by Jack the Ripper is to be brought to life by Stourbridge Theatre Company.

The play, by Stourbridge playwright Dave Morris, tells the tale of Catherine (Kate) Eddowes who was murdered on September 30, 1888, in Whitechapel, London.

Born in 1842, she grew up in a workhouse but became famous and briefly wealthy as a composer and performer of Hanging Ballads performed at public executions.

The play, which is being performed at Stourbridge Town Hall from April 7 to 9, follows her descent into poverty and drunkenness, that led to her being in Whitechapel in 1888.

Tickets, price £12 (£10 concessions) are available from or from Doollaly in the Crown Centre, or call 0333 666 3366.

A spokesperson for STC said: “The tale of her life needs to be rescued and this play attempts a celebration of her fascinating story.”