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Vinegar Tom - Full Length Play, Drama

Vinegar Tom

Caryl Churchill

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 7f

ISBN: 9780573619731

"Provocative theatre as well as a conscience baring document." - The New York Times

"A fascinating piece, full of life." - New York Post

"Powerful." - London Daily Mail

"Beautiful play." - London Tribune<…

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This exciting early play by an acclaimed Obie Award winning author was created in association with a British feminist theatre who requested a play about witches. Although vinegar Tom is set in the 16th or 17th century in rural England, it has a contemporary feel and may be staged very simply. It tells the story of two farm women who are named as witches by a man whom they have spurned sexually. The connection between fear of female sexuality and witch hysteria is shown to be at the root of many of society's problems.
"Provocative theatre as well as a conscience baring document." - The New York Times

"A fascinating piece, full of life." - New York Post

"Powerful." - London Daily Mail

"Beautiful play." - London Tribune



2m, 7f

Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill (born 1938) wrote her first play, Downstairs, while at Oxford University. It was staged in 1958 and won the award at the Sunday Times National Union of Students Drama Festival. Her plays have been performed on international stages, on the BBC radio, and adapted for BBC television. They include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Cloud Nine, Fen, Three More Sleepless Nights, Top Girls ... view full profile

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Catherine Weingarten 4/20/2013 3:41 PM
“Vinegar Tom’s accurate historical portrayal of the Witch Trials as well as its biting feminist humor makes it a worthwhile read.  The songs interspersed in the play add a fun and jarring contrast to the plot and allow the actresses involved to really express catharsis about the horror of these events.  Sadly, the plot of the play is not completely clear and certain key events are not shown and can therefore confuse an audience. Betty, a rich young girl, adds nothing to the play and hopefully a smart dramaturg would remove her completely. She has no character arc and Churchill only added her in because the collective she was working with wanted a female trying to get out of a bad marriage.  I personally needed to read the play about five times to truly understand the sequence of events.  But luckily, certain characters like Goody are a gem for actresses because of her biting humor and ferocious stage actions.  This politically driven savage little play is a perfect opportunity for an angry female liberal arts school or for a new director wanting to take risks on some open material.

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