In the oppressive atmosphere of the 17th century it’s dangerous to be a woman without a husband. It’s dangerous to be a woman and different. It’s dangerous to be a woman and use the healing herbs. It’s dangerous to be called a witch; innocence gives no protection. And with strikingly modern lyrics and music the show highlights how women’s bodies remain a battleground.
Musicians: Helen Glavin, Josefina Cupido, Roger Allam
Music composed by Helen Glavin. Lyrics written by Caryl Churchill (except 'If You Float', by Helen Glavin).
‘Vinegar Tom is both an impressive feminist play and an impressive feminist theatre production.’
Michelene Wandor Spare Rib Nov 1976
‘What the play did, implicitly, was show how sinking without drowning is the art of survival as a woman, whether in the seventeenth or the twentieth century.’
Catherine Itzin Tribune Dec 1976