The Welkin
    By Lucy Kirkwood

    19:45, Tue 24th – Sat 28th October 2023 at ADC Theatre
    14:30, Sat 28th October 2023 at ADC Theatre
    Michaelmas Week 3

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    Pregnancy, miscarriage, gratuitous violence, physical abuse, swearing, flashing lights, allusion to death, allusion to r*pe, allusion to domestic violence, blood, physical abuse, sexism, the devil

    ‘She is a nasty, stupid, wicked wretch, and I mean to save her life.’

    Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley's Comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of twelve women are snatched from their housework to decide whether she's telling the truth, or simply 'pleading the belly' to escape the noose.

    With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the women wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.

    The women of The Welkin are often unlikeable, rude, hilarious, impatient, gossipy, airheaded, witty, nurturing and physically and emotionally strong. Think Twelve Angry Men meets the Vagina Monologues, with a sprinkling of The Crucible.

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    Sally Poppy
    Elizabeth Luke
    Judith Brewer
    Charlotte Cary
    Kitty Givens
    Helen Ludlow
    Sarah Hollis
    Emma Jenkins
    Ann Lavender
    Mary Middleton
    Hannah Rusted
    Sarah Smith
    Peg Carter
    Mr Coombes
    Fred/Mr Willis
    Katy Luke/Alice Wax
    The Justice

    Production Team

    Assistant Producer
    Technical Director
    Stage Manager
    Deputy Stage Manager
    Lighting Designer
    Sound Designer
    Set Designer
    Publicity Designer
    Poster Designer –
    Head of Costume –
    Welfare Officer –
    Photographer ,
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Intimacy Coordinator –
    Fight Choreographer –