Tickets for Normal People Production’s play about the life and times of Doreen Valiente, Doreen: An English Witch, are now on sale for its seven-night run in Brighton in November.
The play runs from the 21st to the 27th November at the 60-seat Marlborough Theatre in the City and tickets for the performances are £15 apart from the opening night, which is £10 if booked during May. There’s a press night on the 23rd and the 27th is a special VIP Gala matinee with a Q&A to coincide with Witchfest being held in Brighton as well, but it look like those have sold out already.
Co-written by Gavin ‘Archie’ Caine and Roman Withers, who also stars as The Priest alongside Peta Taylor as Doreen Valiente and Charlotte Dearing as The Postulant, the play will bring to life some stories and memories of Doreen.
“Brighton was her last home town and she was very happy here in her flat by the sea, which is where the play will be set,” explains Withers. “We will meet a fictional postulant and, through her tasks and conversations with Doreen, will have further illustration of this remarkable woman.
“We are very mindful, of course, that we cannot bring the real Doreen to life or provide an accurate documentary account of how she chose to spend all her time, and nor would we want to,” he continues. “We are very keen, therefore, that this should be considered “based on real life” and a slightly fictionalised account of a real person and real stories, born out of admiration for one of the leading lights of modern paganism and one of the finest writers to espouse the subject.”
Profits from the play will go to the Doreen Valiente Foundation.
Tickets are available here (though note that the Marlborough Theatre is not a wheelchair accessible venue) and there are rolling updates on the play at Normal People Productions’ Facebook page. Teaser trailer below!