A powerful and poetic Scottish thriller
Dornoch, northern Scotland, 1727. In the claustrophobic summer heat, one woman’s apparent ability to manipulate the natural world stirs suspicion and fear. Can Janet Horne really cure beasts, summon the wind, and charm fish out of the sea? Or is she simply able to make others think she can?
In this harsh Highland wilderness, which barely rewards those who work the land, it is men - landowners, ministers, sheriffs - who hold the power. A lone woman with an independent mind is an affront to that male order. The possibility that she may be in league with the Devil makes her very dangerous indeed...
When a charge of witchcraft is laid against Janet, her refusal to deny (or admit) her guilt means a confrontation with the new sheriff, Captain Ross - a man with many secrets. A man who finds Janet both disturbing and strangely alluring. A man who wields the power of life and death over not just Janet, but also her daughter, Helen...
A rich, poetic tale full of ambiguity and suspense, The Last Witch reimagines the true story of the alleged Witch of Dornoch. Did Janet Horne actually practise witchcraft? Or was she was a charismatic, free-thinking woman, ahead of her time?
From the writer of the acclaimed James Plays, Iron and Bold Girls, Rona Munro’s tense, passionate play is brought vividly to life in a dynamic and thrilling production in association with Firebrand Theatre Company.
“Played on a STUNNING set with FAULTLESS PERFORMANCES by a seven strong cast. A satisfying final production from an outstanding season of theatre.”Wee Review
“BROODY and MOVING… punctuated by Jon Beales’ live score for singing bowls and primal chorales.”Herald
"“MEMORABALE, GRIPPING and beautifully-crafted... BRILLIANTLY PLAYED... in the last of a series of outstanding performances this season."Scotsman
"Perfectly devised piece... is GORGEOUSLY EFFECTIVE"Stage
“a STUNNING, unforgettable production. Chilling, humorous, teeming with life”Across The Arts
“POWERFUL… visually striking open set”Times
“memorable live music and sound… beautifully accomplished vocals”Sunday Herald
Director Richard Baron
Set and Costume Designer Ken Harrison
Lighting Designer Wayne Dowdeswell
Composer and Sound Designer Jon Beales
Fight Director Raymond Short
Stage Manager Kay Hesford
Assistant Stage Manager (Book) Lily Howarth
Rona has written extensively for stage, radio, film and television, Her recent theatre credits include Lucy Barton adapted from the novel by Elizabeth Strout- a one woman show performed by Laura Linney at The Bridge theatre London in 2018. Other credits include The James Plays, a trilogy of award-winning plays produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, The National Theatre UK and Edinburgh International festival, Scuttlers (The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Little Eagles (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Iron (Traverse, Edinburgh) for which she won the John Whiting Award in 2003. Her television credits include the BAFTA-nominated Bumping the Odds and ‘Rehab,’ and her films include Ladybird Ladybird and Oranges and Sunshine.
Her work for radio includes several dramas for The Stanley Baxter Playhouse.
Rona is the only writer so far to have contributed episodes to both the ‘classic’ and contemporary series of ‘Dr Who.’
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