Lucy Kirkwood's

The Welkin

Lucy Kirkwood

Gemma Brockis

The Sainsbury Theatre

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Thursday 7 April at 7:30pm
Saturday 9 April at 7:30pm
Monday 11 April at 2pm
Tuesday 12 April at 7:30pm*
Wednesday 13 April at 2pm

* This performance was a relaxed performance. Find out more.

The running time is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes, including an interval.

About the show

'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.'

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Lucy Kirkwood is a British playwright and screenwriter whose plays include: Mosquitoes (National Theatre, 2017); The Children (Royal Court Theatre, 2016); Chimerica (Almeida Theatre & West End, 2013; winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2013 Evening Standard Best Play Award, the 2014 Critics’ Circle Best New Play Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award); NSFW (Royal Court, 2012); small hours (co-written with Ed Hime; Hampstead Theatre, 2011); Beauty and the Beast (with Katie Mitchell; National Theatre, 2010); Bloody Wimmin, as part of Women, Power and Politics (Tricycle Theatre, 2010); it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now (Clean Break & Arcola Theatre, 2009; winner of the 2012 John Whiting Award); Hedda (Gate Theatre, London, 2008); and Tinderbox (Bush Theatre, 2008).

She won the inaugural Berlin Lee UK Playwrights Award in 2013.

Gemma is a London-based director and performer. She is a founder member of SHUNT (2000-2014). She has created shows for the RSC (as writer/director) and for the National Theatre (with Shunt Collective). Her work with Silvia Mercuriali (as Berlin-Nevada) has toured internationally.

Contains scenes of a violent and distressing nature, including domestic abuse and miscarriage, descriptions of hanging and sexual assault, child death, and strong language.

Creative Team

Gemma Brockis

Assistant Director
Linda Miller

Hannah Wolfe

Movement Director
Sophie Shaw

Lighting Designer
Jahmiko Marshall

Sound Designer
Owen Crouch


Hannah Rusted / Katy Luke
Anita Adam-Gabay 

Frederick Poppy / Mr Willis
Jordan Barton 

Mr Coombes 
Daniel Bradley 

Sarah Smith
Josie Capone 

Judith Brewer 
Catherine Chalk 

Peg Carter / Lady Wax
Abbey Gillett

Ann Lavender
Victoria Grant

Charlotte Cary 
Angela Jones

Sarah Hollis
Mackenzie Larsen 

Mary Middleton 
Alina Lew

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Luke 
Rebecca Lewis 

Sally Poppy 
Kathrine Payne 

Helen Ludlow
Maddy Strauss 

Emma Jenkins
Alyssa Rayomie Tibbs

Kitty Givens
Sabrina Wu

Alice Wax
Eartha Holloway

Production Team

Company Manager
Josephine Lea Fadani

Production Manager
Brent Tan

Stage Manager
Claudia Penna Rojas

Deputy Stage Manager
Olivia Dunne

Assistant Stage Managers
India Mae

Natasha Shirley

Chief LX
Emily Compton

Deputy LX / Programmer
Marcus Grove

Lighting Crew
Chloe Alexander
Summer Collier
Kit Fowler
Charlotte Owadally

Production Carpenter
Stephanie Siraut

Deputy Production Carpenter
Alyssia Jones

Production Sound Engineer
Kirsty Robson

Deputy PSE / Stream
Avery Elliot

Sound Assistants
Jacob Eckardt
James Imber

Construction Crew
Ciara Brady
Abhinav Mishra
Poppy Morley
Ash Orhan-Pennell

Costume Supervisor
Emmy Tobitt

Costume Assistants
Sesselja Fanneyjardóttir
Elsa Carazo Trejedor

Inside the Rehearsal Room