The Welkin

Cast: 13-16f 2-4m

Staging: Several locations (mostly 18th-century interiors)

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781848429215Publication Date:
16 Jan 2020
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
EPUB, 128 pages ISBN: 9781788503105Publication Date:
16 Jan 2020
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First Staged:
National Theatre, London, 2020

The Welkin

By Lucy Kirkwood

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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 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.

Lucy Kirkwood's play The Welkin premiered at the National Theatre, London, in January 2020, directed by James Macdonald and featuring Maxine Peake and Ria Zmitrowicz.

Press Quotes

'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

'Brilliant, brave, bold and intelligent theatre. It is, for all the seriousness of its subject, often very funny yet at the close, profoundly moving'

WhatsOnStage

'A mighty play: magnificent in its scope, depth and intricacy... a wise, funny, richly intelligent and generously ambitious play that asks, as all good history plays do, how far have we really come?'

Financial Times

'Dazzles with its examination of the big, immovable structures that inflict violence on women... there is so much richness in its visual imagination'

Guardian

'Ungoverned, furious, larky, layered... sheer, gutsy audacity'

Evening Standard

Cast: 13-16f 2-4m

Staging:Several locations (mostly 18th-century interiors)

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781848429215Publication Date:
16 Jan 2020
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
EPUB, 128 pages ISBN: 9781788503105Publication Date:
16 Jan 2020
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by Lucy Kirkwood:

Women, Power and Politics: Then
Bloody Wimmin
Tinderbox
Beauty and the Beast (National Theatre version)
Chimerica
NSFW
Mosquitoes
it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now
small hours
Lucy Kirkwood Plays: One
The Children
Hedda

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