Some plays are easier to admire than to actually enjoy. The hard work with The Welkin starts even with its title - a middle-English word referring to the sky or heavens. As 1759 Suffolk looks to the welkin for the arrival of Halley's Comet, a more earthbound drama is unfolding, as a young woman is sentenced to hang for the murder of an 11-year-old girl. Her claim to be pregnant could save her from the gallows (and sent to the colonies instead), but it needs to be confirmed. So... Read more
Maxine Peake and Ria Zmitrowicz star in Lucy Kirkwood's new play The Welkin from January 2020.
One life in the hands of 12 women.
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 12 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.