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Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley's Comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of twelve matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she's telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.
About the Author
Lucy Kirkwood is a British playwright and screenwriter whose plays include The Welkin; Mosquitoes; The Children; Chimerica (Olivier Award for Best New Play, Evening Standard Best Play Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); NSFW; small hours (co-written with Ed Hime); Beauty and the Beast (with Katie Mitchell); Bloody Wimmin, as part of Women, Power and Politics; it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now (John Whiting Award); Hedda; and Tinderbox. She won the inaugural Berlin Lee UK Playwrights Award in 2013.