Written By Lucy Kirkwood
11 to 15 October 2023, The PumpHouse Theatre

About the play

Rural England, 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 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose.

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

This is the NZ premiere of The Welkin, directed by Matthew Diesch and featuring a talented cast of 18 actors.

‘A superb new history play – a feminist courtroom drama that’s equal parts Twelve Angry Men, The Crucible and The Vagina Monologues, plus a dash of searing, up-to-the-minute political and social commentary… a warm, humane and very funny piece, firmly anchored in women’s everyday experience’ – Broadway World

Performance Details

Wed, Oct 11 – 7:30pm
Thu, Oct 12 – 7:30pm
Fri, Oct 13 – 7:30pm
Sat, Oct 14 – 2:00pm
Sat, Oct 14 – 7:30pm
Sun, Oct 15 – 2:00pm

How to Book

Contact The PumpHouse Box Office on 09 489 8360, Mon to Fri between 9am and 2pm.

Door Sales available one hour before each performance (subject to availability)


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