Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern
by Rebecca Lenkiewicz 2015
Faber & Faber | Our price £4 | rrp £9.99
Programme script, includes essay on witch persecutions by Dr Roberta Anderson
NEW: A gripping and haunting new play about sex, fear, religion and magic, from the BAFTA-winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Walkern, 1712. After decades free from witch hunts, Walkern’s cunning woman Jane Wenham is blamed for a tragic death – and charged with witchcraft. A terrifying ordeal begins, as the village is torn between those who want to save her life, and those who claim to want to save her soul… Inspired by events in a Hertfordshire village, Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s beautiful, throat-catching new play is alive with the mysteries of nature, sex and the supernatural, and blasts society’s hunger to find – and create – witches.
- – “A heady brew of sex and sorcery” The Guardian
- – “A shrewd and compelling play” The Independent
- – “Rebecca Lenkiewicz’ powerful new play” Time Out
- – “Fascinating” Whatsonstage.com
Rebecca Lenkiewicz won a Fringe First for her play Soho: A Tale of Table Dancers, and her plays The Night Season and Her Naked Skin both premiered at the National Theatre. The latter was the first and only time a female playwright had original work premiered in the large Olivier Theatre. She won a BAFTA this year for co-writing Ida, which also won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.