Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern

Arcola

Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern

05 Jan 2016 - 30 Jan 2016

£17.00 - £19.00

Pro reviewers rating
8 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

Walkern, 1712.

After decades free from witch hunts, cunning woman Jane Wenham is blamed for a tragic death – and charged with witchcraft. A terrifying ordeal begins, as the village is torn between those who want to save her life, and those who claim to want to save her soul.

Inspired by events in a Hertfordshire village, Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s beautiful, throat-catching new play is alive with the mysteries of nature, sex and the supernatural, and blasts society’s hunger to find – and create – witches.

World premiere ends its tour - reviews are from Watford Palace or other venues.

 

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“Stimulatingly nasty picture of a village suffering from an oppressive, sly, sadistic hysteria... Strong stuff. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Powerful new play... Bellamy is infinitely watchable... A tense, spare production, made beautiful by gorgeously grimy design. ”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

“Atmospheric production ratchets up the drama as Lenkiewicz throws religion, fear, intolerance, prejudice... into the pot. ”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“A slow burner of a play which, with editing, has the potential to be a gripping drama. ”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“Jabs at its audience's conscience as sharply and persistently as Jane's God-fearing tormentors prick her flesh. ”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Hits home... Fascinating and finely wrought, with fresh and well-crafted dialogue... Bellamy is heartbreaking and very real. ”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“After a little too much cumbersome exposition Parry’s production exerts a strong grip... Vigorous performances. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Shrewd and compelling... Delap does a very good job in communicating the intolerable build-up of humourless, smug certainty. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

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