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The Welkin

by Lucy Kirkwood

The Welkin

by Lucy Kirkwood

Translation: Andrei Marinescu
Gelu Colceag
Assistant Director:
Magda Catone
Liliana Cenean
Ştefan Caragiu
Sound design:
Călin Grigoriu
Lighting design:
Bogdan Golumbeanu, Laurențiu Iordache
Roxana Colceag
Technical Director:
Marcel Bălănescu

Premiere: 04.10.2022

Duration: 2 h / Pause: No

03 Feb 2023 19:30
11 Feb 2023 19:30
01 Mar 2023 19:30

50 lei

30 lei (cu reducere pentru elevi, studenți și pensionari)

"The Welkin" is a show that has the energy of a thriller, the tension of a court drama, the irreverent humor of a smart black comedy and the deep force of vulnerability. Lucy Kirkwood manages to turn a suspenseful story about a death sentence in eighteenth-century Britain into a relevant and acute commentary on today's society, prejudice, inequality, discrimination and the struggle for power. Her play is a plea for those who are still unseen and unheard. At a time when women were defined only by their role as mothers or wives, when Sally Poppy is sentenced to be hanged, “a jury of matrons” is assembled in a small British town. The verdict of guilt had been given, but it depends on the matrons whether her sentence will be death or deportation, if it is found that the accused is pregnant. This was the only court in which women had the right to decide.  

The play offers an effervescent debate about guilt and moral responsibility, about justice and life and death decisions, about laws and seedlings to be weeded, about rights and teething children, about divinity and healing ointments.

In a dynamic of pros and cons, the discussion about Sally's pregnancy turns into a passionate discussion about roles in society, then and now, all under the pressure of an angry crowd shouting their desire for blood and show of death.

Through the stories of some women who live their truth to its fullest, between the welkin and the earth they work hard, between the absolute and the daily burdens, real, brave, imperfect, bold and surprising characters are brought on the stage of TNB who, with humor, emotion and intelligence, overturn preconceptions, prejudices and makes us look more closely at each other.

Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu


Photo Florin Ghioca

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Sally Poppy: Aylin Cadîr
Alexandra Sălceanu
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Luke: Tania Popa
Charlotte Cary: Ilinca Goia Emma Jenkins: Mirela Oprișor
Sarah Smith: Erika Băieşu Sarah Hollis: Medeea Marinescu
Judith Brewer: Raluca Petra
Magda Catone
Helen Ludlow: Ana Ciontea
Kitty Givens: Rodica Ionescu Hannah Rusted: Carmen Ungureanu
Peg Carter: Brânduşa Mircea Mary Midlleton: Victoria Dicu
Ann Lavender: Lamia Beligan Mr Coombes: Marius Rizea
Mr Willis: Mihai Calotă The Judge: Daniel Hara
Mihai Munteniţă
Lady Wax: Marcela Mateescu
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