The Ockendon Witch

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TFD 2020 screening 8pm on 19th Sep till midnight 20th Sep

Intro to The Ockenden Witch | Richard Margrave | Writer & Producer

It’s 1584 and Agnes Byllinge of South Ockendon, Essex, has been brought before a virtual court facing accusations of witchcraft and incest. The threat to her is serious, and deadly. Will she defy the odds or find herself hanging by the neck until life is extinct?

Based on the real trials of Agnes Byllinge, this digital piece imagines how things might have unfolded if by some witchcraft it was conducted virtually during a sixteenth century plague lockdown. Animals are dying, people have suffered inexplicable illnesses and Agnes is to blame, or so the villagers claim. Then there is the unusual relationship with her son. Is she guilty of witchcraft and incest, or is she merely a scapegoat? You decide…

The Ockenden Witch has received an OnComm award which recognises the excellence of shows from independent, alternative and fringe theatres that are being presented online since March 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Agnes Byllinge – Jennifer Aries
Judith Foster –  Libby Rodliffe
Humphrey Frith – Dickon Farmar
Roger Nowell JP – Christopher Sherwood

Music performed by Lauren Joyanne Morris
Written and Executive Produced by Richard Margrave
Directed, Produced and Edited by Christopher Sherwood

FUNDED BY: Stronger Together Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, Thurrock CVS | Thurrock Council

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