The Last Witch
Role: Arthur Chauncer and Rev Francis Hutchinson
Director: Richard Syms
Venue: Hertford Theatre, Hertford
Three hundred years ago a notorious court case at Hertford Assizes marked a turning point in English social history when Jane Wenham of Walkern became the last person to be convicted of witchcraft under English law. The Last Witch is a rich and darkly comic new play, telling the story of the bizarre events in Walkern that prompted accusations of bewitchment, Jane Wenham’s prosecution by Sir Henry Chauncy, the controversial trial in Hertford, which attracted coachloads of sightseers from London, and the political and media storm that followed the verdict. The case caused such an outcry in London – with opinion divided between the traditionalists and the rationalists and national figures such as Daniel Defoe and Joseph Addison entering the debate – that witchcraft trials became discredited.
Jane Wenham was indeed the last witch …
Role: Willem, Bertold, Bank Manager
Director: Daniel Aherne
Venue: Iambic Arts Theatre, Brighton
Josef K. awakens one morning to find himself under arrest for unidentified crimes. K. then embarks on a journey to understand a mysterious law, administered by strange, dark courts held in dust-laden attics. In his quest K. enlists the help of beautiful women and an unfathomable lawyer named Dr Huld to prepare his case.
But will K. ever unravel the complex law hunting him…?