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Vinegar Tom

by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Kirsten von Bibra

Music Direction by Mark Jones

This compelling play (1976) explores the way in which socially marginalized women were set upon as scapegoats for the ills and misfortunes that had befallen the inhabitants of a rural village in 17th century England. Playwright, Caryl Churchill, writes ‘This is a play about witchcraft with no witches in it.’

In keeping with her strong interest in sexual politics and the abuses of power, Caryl draws inspiration from the historical account of the County Essex witch trials of 1645.

Twenty-one scenes provide the historical drama. In Brechtian fashion, actors break character to sing seven songs that convey the contemporary feminist commentary on this powerful play.

An Amateur Production By Arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.

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