‘Witch’ dramatises English witch trial transcripts

Witch title artwork

Having being performed to some excellent reviews in the Library of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle over the summer, Circle of Spears Productions’ ‘Witch’ is now available to buy as an audio CD.

The new play is the first original piece from the company. Written by company member Tracey Norman, it had its world premiere in Boscastle and sees her combine her knowledge of history with her love of theatre into one, compelling narrative.

“I came up with the idea of dramatising actual transcripts from English witch trials in order to explore the social issues which contributed to accusations of witchcraft,” Tracey explains.

“The museum’s input has been invaluable,” she continues. “I selected details from a number of sources, drawing heavily on the transcripts they shared with me, then wove the information into the story of a suspected witch, her accuser and the magistrate interrogating them. This allowed me to include a lot of Tudor/Elizabethan social history whilst still focussing on the human aspects of such emotive cases.”

The plot runs like this: Margery Scrope has been accused of witchcraft by her neighbour Thomas Latimer. Now they are both brought before the local magistrate, Sir William Tyrell, who must decide if Margery is indeed a witch or if Latimer’s accusation is merely the result of a neighbourly squabble. The plot twists and turns as Margery and Latimer each fight their corner, but, ultimately, Margery’s life hangs on the answer to one question – Is she, or isn’t she…?

Having completed its summer run, there are plans for the play to tour soon. But, for those that can’t wait, the full show has been produced as an audio play with added sound effects and is available both as a physical CD or a digital download here. Have a good rummage around the rest of the Circle of Spears site while you’re there too, as there are some interesting looking other titles available.