The Last Witch
by Scottish playwright Rona Munro
Coming to The VORTEX in July, 2018
A Renaissance Austin Theatre production
in association with The VORTEX
The Last Witch tells the story of Janet Horne, the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in the British Isles in 1727. In the little town of Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands, in the rare, claustrophobic heat of summer, Janet's apparent ability to cure beasts, call the winds and charm fish out of the sea causes suspicion.
In a society where men hold all the power, any woman with an independent mind is cruelly shamed. The new sheriff, Captain David Ross, both attracted to and repelled by Janet, charges her with witchcraft. Her defiance places her and her daughter, Helen, in a perilous situation. Did Janet practice witchcraft or was she the victim of misogyny?
The inhabitants of Dornoch already struggle to eke out a living from the wild and unforgiving landscape of the Scottish Highlands and the grinding poverty they live in. This play explores the issues that keep a community together and simultaneously tear it apart.
First commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival and co-produced by the Festival and the Traverse Theatre Company, the play opened at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in August of 2009.
Check back in the Fall for more details.