The Welkin


New Work
Writers: Lucy Kirkwood


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Dark Comedy, Historical/Biographical
Multiple Settings, Period
Time & Place
A small town on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk, England, March 1759
Cast Size
Ideal for
College/University, Diverse Cast, Ensemble Cast, Large Cast, Mature Audiences, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, elderly, child characters


The year is 1759 and the country awaits the anticipated arrival of Halley’s Comet. The daughter of Lady Wax has been murdered and the residents of this rural town are out for blood. Sally Poppy has been found guilty of the crime, along with her lover who has already been hanged. Sally’s journey to the noose is dependent on whether she is really pregnant, as she claims, or openly lying. If she is pregnant, she will be transported and her life will be saved. Sally’s fate lies in the hands of twelve women, gathered together to make a unanimous decision one way or the other. Some of the women have reasons for being part of the jury, others cannot wait until their duty is over. Their status, age, and class is varied; one is in the first flush of marriage, another is in her eighties. One of the women is barren, another has had twenty one children. Amidst their bickering and teasing, one woman understands the importance of their presence in the jury room. The midwife, Lizzy, knows that, despite the mob baying for blood outside the window, the twelve women have the chance to make an important, life-changing decision in a world governed by men. However, there is a devil in their midst and the women must wrestle with their consciences to come to a decision.

Lead Characters

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