Vinegar Tom

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Matthew Parker

Tickets Cost
£19.00 for Adult
£15.00 for Under 18

If you float youre a witch
If you scream youre a witch
If you sink then youre dead anyway”

Alice thinks she has met the devil and dreams of him nightly, wishing he’d return. Does this make her a witch?

Betty, the teenage daughter of a wealthy landowner, has refused to marry and is locked up in her room by her parents, convinced she is bewitched.

A farmer and his wife are blighted by bad luck. Convinced their neighbour Joan (along with her cat Vinegar Tom) has put a curse on them, they whip up a whirlwind of fear and fire.

Into this perfect storm of superstition and slander a renowned “witch-finder” arrives and it’s not long until almost every woman in the village has the finger of suspicion pointing at them

“Not for me to say one's a witch or not a witch. I give you the glass and you see in it what you see in it.”

Caryl Churchill’s bold musical drama Vinegar Tom was first performed in 1976 and continues to resonate today. By turns beautiful, brutal, funny and moving, this electric fusion of seventeenth century folklore and modern folk-rock comes to the The Maltings in a 45th anniversary production with live music composed by Maria Haik Escudero.

Content warning:
Contains very strong language and disturbing scenes

Recommended for ages 16+

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Bursting with energy and originality

The Review Chap on Matthew Parker's Henry V