RAVENS or THE TRAGEDIE of TESS COWLEY (2013)

Written and Directed by Zoe Hinks

Horse Drawn Tour of Romney Marsh

 

"A Timely Warning to Rash and Disobedient heathens!

This being a strange and wonderful relation of 2 young Maides who did dwell in a Parish of Romney Marsh in 1659, who condemned themselves to the Devil out of folly and defiance, and Lustful thoughts, and how their Time being expired, they lay in a sad and deplorable Condition to the Amazement of all Spectators."

 

A stranger is rescued from a devastating shipwreck and left in the care of two peasant sisters. In order to escape their impoverished existence, the sisters create a fictional identity for him with their own desires entwined; but the truth about the stranger is far more sinister than they could ever have envisaged...

 

Inspired by local witch hunts, the play was set on Romney Marsh in 1659. It was first written by  Zöe in 2008 out of a love and fascination of the area and premiered at the Marlborough Theatre, Brighton, before being developed for the rural tour. Ravens visited 9 open air venues on Romney Marsh. It was lit with fire and staged on a horse drawn waggon.

 

"Ravens was engaging throughout and the audience were gripped as the twists and turns of the play lurched and unfolded. Sabotage Theatre are a young company worth your attention and Zoe Hinks is clearly a writer worth watching." **** Fringe Review

 

Photography by: Simon Baines, Nikos Kolios, Sam Thomas, Emma Bailey, Zinta Gercans, Harriet Layhe, Lisa Dear

& Joanna Carter.

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