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Sisterhood on Wednesday 16th October 2019
In the 16th Century the infamous self-proclaimed Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins waged a personal vendetta against women in East Anglia. Seeing Witchcraft everywhere he was determined to use whatever means necessary to convict and execute any woman he suspected. In just three years he was responsible for killing 60% of those executed for witchcraft in the UK.
Sisterhood, a new multimedia play by Jolie Booth about the witch trials, tours East Anglia in September and October, visiting 10 of the principal locations associated with Hopkins’ reign of terror.
Three women, aged 20, 40 and 60 (without a virgin, mother or hag in sight) are in a church cell, on the night before their trial for Witchcraft. Split between two timelines, Sisterhood takes in the history of the infamous 16th century witch trials alongside modern-day concerns women face in a world of political and environmental upheaval. The stories of the 16th century characters interweave with episodes from the performers’ own lives, revealing an immediate and clear association. This gentle but fearless adventure into the dark heart of patriarchal rule has been likened to The Handmaids Tale - but with more hope.
With its opening date on a full moon and moving towards Halloween, the play undertakes a ‘Healing tour’ of East Anglia, visiting 10 of the principal locations associated with the Hopkins’ reign of terror. Booth is a local, having grown up in Braintree, Essex, and has spent the last 30 years working as a Tudor at Kentwell Hall Re-Creation in Long Melford, Suffolk.
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