The Welkin

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.

Using the backdrop of 18th century rural Suffolk, this play analyses the place and perception of the female body then and now. It confronts contemporary issues in the guise of a dark comedic period drama which cheekily inserts modern references highlighting the timelessness of such perception.

Written by an ex-Bedlamite, Lucy Kirkwood, and described like Twelve Angry Men meets The Crucible, it’s dark, it’s funny, it’s bizarre and most importantly it is a necessary reminder that we really have not come that far since the 18th century.

Please note that the age rating for this show is indicated at 18+. A full list of Content Warnings can be found here:

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