What theatrical sorcery is this? Lucy Kirkwood’s latest, set in rural Suffolk in 1759, is likely to cast a spell as it tells the story of Sally Poppy. Sally is sentenced to hang for murder but says that she is pregnant and so must escape the noose. Twelve housewives must decide her fate. A largely all female cast includes Maxine Peake, Ria Zmitrowicz, Nadia Albina and Cecilia Noble. James Macdonald directs. I’m in. So’s my black cat.
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 12 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.