TOUCH theatre and Gweek Players joined forces in September (2-4th) 2021 to stage a production of The Welkin by Lucy Kirkwood. Directed by Kath Archer (TOUCH theatre).

Funny, bawdy and at times bleak, the play, set in the 18th Century but with a very modern tone, tells the story of Sally Poppy, who has been convicted of murder but who seeks to avoid hanging by declaring that she is pregnant. To assess her claim, the judge calls a jury of matrons, and their deliberations are at the core of the drama. It is a serious play about women’s rights and roles, but there is a bawdy, raunchy humour (usually directed at men!) which punctuates the more serious themes.

The play was first performed for a short run at the National Theatre before being closed due to the 2020 lockdown. We were the first amateur companies to get the rights to perform this powerful play following the release from lockdown, and many measures were taken to ensure the safety of the whole cast and creatives as rehearsals began in the early summer of 2021.

Under Kath Archer’s Direction, a wonderful cast was bonded and coupled with creative skill and determination, the collaboration produced a fantastic production that turned brought both new audiences and members to both companies.

All proceeds from the programme sales were donated to Cornwall Refuge Trust.