The Welkin

One life in the hands of 12 women.

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.

Cast & Crew


Ann Lavender
Charlotte Cary
Doctor Willis
Emma Jenkins
Emma Jenkins
Frederick Poppy
Hannah Rusted
Helen Ludlow
Judith Brewer
Kitty Givens
Lady Wax
Lizzy Luke
Mary Middleton
Mr Coombes
Peg Carter
Sally Poppy
Sarah Hollis
Sarah Hollis
Sarah Smith
The Justice
US Ann Lavender
US Charlotte Cary
US Doctor Willis
US Elizabeth Luke
US Fight Captain
US Frederick Poppy
US Hannah Rusted
US Helen Ludlow
US Judith Brewer
US Kitty Givens
US Lady Wax
US Mary Middleton
US Mr Coombes
US Peg Carter
US Sally Poppy
US Sarah Smith
US The Justice


Company Voice Work
Dialect Coach
Fight Director
Fight Director
Lighting Designer
Set and Costume Designer
Sound Designer
Staff Director
Vocal Arranger and Rehearsal Music Director


If you have a photograph or picture that illustrates this production, please sign in to upload it, or add it to Flickr and tag it with .

Photo credits


  1. On 30th December 2022 at 10:17 p.m., alexpacker noted:

    This production was due to be filmed by NT Live and broadcast to cinemas on 21st May 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of all UK theatres, the production was never filmed. On 16th March 2020, all UK theatres closed meaning that the production’s run was curtailed and wasn’t able to be filmed for later broadcast.

If you have an interesting observation or anecdote about this production that you think others may be interested in, please sign in in order to record it here.