by LUCY KIRKWOOD
Online Play reading directed by Illona Linthwaite
Thursday, 24th March 2022
7.00pm (UK) 8.00pm (Italy)
Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s Comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of twelve matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth or not, or simply trying to escape the noose.
Only midwife Lizzy Luke is prepared to defend the young woman while a mob are baying for blood outside the courthouse. The matrons struggle with their new power, and the devil is in their midst.
THE WELKIN was first performed at the National Theatre, in the Lyttleton Theatre on 15
January 2020 directed by James Macdonald.
“A superb new history play – a feminist courtroom drama that’s equal parts Twelve Angry Men, The Crucible and Vagina Monologues…
A warm, humane and very funny piece, firmly anchored in women’s everyday experience” BROADWAY WORLD
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