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
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