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posted: 12 Mar 2019 -
Burning the Witch
Christopher Reason
society/company: Horsell Amateur Dramatic Society (directory)
from: 02 May 2019 - 04 May 2019
venue: Rhoda McGaw Theatre

A new play from an award-winning script writer is coming to Woking!

Burning the Witch has been written by Christopher Reason, who writes scripts for Eastenders and has a host of other TV and Radio credits to his name. The first two acts have been broadcast as individual plays on BBC Radio 4 and performed by the Horsell Amateur Dramatic Society to great success at drama festivals in Woking and Spelthorne.

Reason has now written a third play, which forms the third act of the whole story. The first act draws from the radio play This Repulsive Woman and the second from Every Child Matters, which won the 2011 Sony Gold Award.

The first act involves an interview between Debbie Hurst (Claire Racklyeft) and her probation officer Tony (Duncan Partridge) after her trial for parading her partly clothed young daughter on the Internet. Debbie, from 'the wrong side of the tracks', has been vilified in the tabloid press as 'the most repulsive woman in Britain'. As the conversation progresses, we learn that all is not as it might seem and the case might not turn out as expected.

The second act takes place six months after the trial and features Debbie's social worker Joanne who has taken the blame for the handling of the case and is seeking to understand what happened. More details of the facts behind the case are revealed.

The third act involves Joanne's boss Patti Dewhurst (Caroline Christie) meeting Chief Superintendent Geoffrey Kinkaid (Matt Kitsell) in a hotel room. Over the course of this gripping third act, loose ends are tied up leading to a dramatic climax.

Burning the Witch will be performed at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre from Thursday 2 May until Saturday 4 May, commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 (£13 for concessions) and can be bought at or by calling 01484 808354.

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