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Lucy Kirkwood

The Welkin

First Slovenian production


Sebastijan Horvat

Opening night

23 March 2024
Main Stage


165 minutes, incl. interval


Creative team


Tina Mahkota

Drama Igralec: Tina Mahkota | odpri ustvarjalca


Milan Ramšak Marković

Drama Igralec: Milan Ramšak Marković | odpri ustvarjalca



Drama Igralec: Arko | odpri ustvarjalca


Igor Vasiljev

Drama Igralec: Igor Vasiljev | odpri ustvarjalca


Belinda Radulović

Drama Igralec: Belinda Radulović | odpri ustvarjalca


Drago Ivanuša

Drama Igralec: Drago Ivanuša | odpri ustvarjalca


Aleksandar Čavlek

Drama Igralec: Aleksandar Čavlek | odpri ustvarjalca


Julija Gongina

Drama Igralec: Julija Gongina | odpri ustvarjalca


Katarina Majcen

Drama Igralec: Katarina Majcen | odpri ustvarjalca


Maruša MajerDrama Igralec: Maruša Majer | odpri igralca

Sally Poppy

Nataša Barbara GračnerDrama Igralec: Nataša Barbara Gračner | odpri igralca

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Luke

Saša PavčekDrama Igralec: Saša Pavček | odpri igralca

Judith Brewer

Silva ČušinDrama Igralec: Silva Čušin | odpri igralca

Charlotte Carry

Sabina KogovšekDrama Igralec: Sabina Kogovšek | odpri igralca

Kitty Givens

Iva BabićDrama Igralec: Iva Babić | odpri igralca

Helen Ludlow

Vanja PlutDrama Igralec: Vanja Plut | odpri igralca

Sarah Hollis

Pia ZemljičDrama Igralec: Pia Zemljič | odpri igralca

Emma Jenkins

Nina IvanišinDrama Igralec: Nina Ivanišin | odpri igralca

Ann Lavender

Eva JesenovecDrama Igralec: Eva Jesenovec | odpri igralca

Mary Middleton

Maša DergancDrama Igralec: Maša Derganc | odpri igralca

Hannah Rusted

Zvezdana MlakarDrama Igralec: Zvezdana Mlakar | odpri igralca

Sarah Smith

Mina Švajger

Peg Carter

Nejc Cijan GarlattiDrama Igralec: Nejc Cijan Garlatti | odpri igralca

Frederick Poppy, The Justice, Dr Willis

One segment of Lucy Kirkwood’s career in theatre includes her residency at Clean Break, an English theatre company that has been working with women in prison since 1979 with the aim to raise issues of female criminality in relation to the justice system. By way of its various programmes, the company explores the intersections between the spaces of theatre and the institution of prison, thus giving voice to women who, in various theatrical representations, speak about life in prison – in relation to society, life and legal system. The theatre company makes it very clear: the attitude of the state judicial system towards women is one of the major proofs that we still live in an unequal society in which women are judged according to different standards.

The Welkin is set in 1759 in a small village in Suffolk where a jury of twelve matrons must decide on the life and death of Sally Poppy, a young woman accused of murdering an eleven-year-old child with the help of her lover. The all-female jury must decide by a democratic vote on the truth of Sally’s alleged pregnancy, which could save her from the death sentence by hanging.

One way to look at The Welkin is to observe it as an all-female sequel to a famous Hollywood film Twelve Angry Men, in which jurors are confronted with their own morals and values. In Kirkwood’s play these values are distinctly characterized by newly fashioned feminist parameters. The morals and values of the matrons are defined by their class position and articulated brutally in terms of their physicality: how many children they have given birth to, how many miscarriages and abortions they have had, what they do for a living, and what their attitude to sexuality is (the morality being constantly soaked by body fluids – urine, milk and blood). The perspective is further honed at the point when the text is incised by »devil dreams« and augmented by Christian fascination with witchcraft. Our gaze is constantly being diverted from female corporality due to the prospects of a celestial phenomenon about to sweep across the scene: a comet that comes perilously close to the Earth every 74 to 79 years.

Sebastijan Horvat

Media, 10. april 2024, Živa Kadunc

The Welkin