Issue date: Fri 1 April 2016
An exciting new relationship between Greenwich Theatre and the University of Greenwich is launched next week when a play at the theatre on Thursday (April 7) transfers to the Bathway Theatre in Woolwich – owned by the university – the following night.
The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster tells the spellbinding story of two magistrates in 1615 who take a young woman captive as a witch and tour the country using her to reinforce superstitions about witchcraft, but whether they believe their own propaganda or not things become more complicated as the play progresses.
The play is presented by Dawn State Theatre Company, shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Artist of Choice Award and spotted by James Haddrell – Greenwich Theatre’s Artistic and Executive Director – at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer.
"The two performances mark the start of our relationship with Dawn State,” said James, “and it will be further developed in the autumn when they return to Greenwich with The Man Who Would Be King.”
The Bathway Theatre at The Old Baths, just behind Woolwich Town Hall, is home to the university’s drama department. “The Bathway has been active for several years now but we're now striking up a relationship with the university and their drama department to find ways of opening it up to the general public.
“It’s a lovely theatre, a very well equipped studio venue and we decided it should be accessible to the public. We are working towards presenting a show perhaps once a month. I’m sure it will be a big success.”