The Lady’s Mad
1642. England is at war with itself. Hester Cavill and her husband have sided with opposing armies: she a Royalist, he a Parliamentarian. When Sir Arthur is away, Hester refuses aid to a regiment of Cromwell’s troops who have turned up at her estate expecting Sir Arthur’s support. What Hester has not predicted, is that these troops have a strong-willed female leader of their own.
Charismatic young prophetess ‘Mad Moll’ has found herself in an unexpected position of power. She calls herself the ‘English Joan’ and directs the troops with her supposedly God-given visions. Spurned by Hester, she aims her cannons and her fury at the Cavill estate.
An original story based on a collection of true anecdotes and written by up and coming playwright Rebekah King, ‘The Lady’s Mad’ illuminates one of England’s most turbulent periods through the lives of its extraordinary women. The piece touches on many relevant themes including family loyalty, the struggle of women and political unrest.
Performance at 7.30pm
Tickets: £15, £12 concessions
Somerville College Chapel, Woodstock Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6HD
Sat 15 Dec 2018