The Welkin by Lucy Kirkwood

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Part of a Summer Season of Plays by UCA BA (Hons) Acting & Performance 2022

Directed by Lou Shephard

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

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


Four poster artworks for the 2022 summer season of UCA shows
UCA BA (Hons) Acting & Performance Course is run in association with Farnham Maltings.

For their final project, our Year 3 students rehearse and perform in a summer season of contemporary plays with a professional director.

We’d be delighted if you’d like to come and see their work before they graduate.