The Absence of Light
Image: Nicole Guarino
15/03/2017 - 25/03/2017
RADA | Drama
by Caryl Churchill
directed by Cressida Brown
Then I think if I’m damned anyway I might as well sin to make it worthwhile.
Through the lens of a seventeenth century witch hunt, Vinegar Tom explores hypocrisy and misogyny past and present.
How do you spot a witch? A woman who is a bit too beautiful, a bit too ugly, a bit too clever, a bit too independent? Caryl Churchill’s 1976 work explores the marginalisation of women who are different through the stories of Alice, Joan, Betty and Susan. Accused of witchcraft, they are questioned and humiliated by doctors and witch hunters.
Interspersed with contemporary songs, Churchill’s bold script highlights attitudes towards women through the ages, and the plight of those who are ostracised for not conforming. As we approach the centenary of the woman’s vote in the UK Vinegar Tom still has relevance today.