Directed by Gary Wagner
THE WITCH is set apart by its use of comedy – and tragedy carried over into the comic- to expose the darker, perverse side of human love and sexuality. This almost Brechtian tragic-comedy presents a world in which witchcraft is for sale and the witches are not the horrid hags of Macbeth, but the almost respectable middle-class merchants who market a tempting easy means to achieve one’s desires. According to Lancashire, “THE WITCH is not only Hecate, but also to various characters… who sexually enchant one another by fair means or foul; and the play deals, through the witch motif, … with lust and all its consequences.” Designed by Jane Brooks to reflect the staging of morality plays, the production also features original music composed and performed by David Barber.
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