NEWS: Outlander star Kimberly Smart stars in Seraphina – a show featuring the Renfrewshire Witch Trials
A large scale multi-art form theatre production, informed by the Renfrewshire Witch Trials, is set to take Paisley by storm when it opens on Hallowe’en – Tuesday 31st October 2017 – in the town’s Wynd Auditorium.
Combining community and professional performers, singers and musicians, Seraphina is funded through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund as part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021. The Renfrewshire Witch Trials act as a starting point in this exploration of femininity.
Written and produced by theatre company conFAB, the production looks at feminine power and how, historically and up to the present day, the system of patriarchy has exploited women, men and the Earth. The story of this exploitation is told through the history of witches and how they have been perceived through time.
With a full female cast: crew, composer and choir; Seraphina features dark, earthy humour, inspirational song and spirited dance. In the centre of the stage is a mound of earth lit as if it is the moon, dotted around the stage, placed in positions of the planets around the moon, are piles of clothes. The audience come and take their seats, in the round. Behind them are seated the Chorus. Once everyone is seated, naked out of the mound of earth rise the Seraphina’s, each walk to a pile of clothes, as they dress so they become the different characters that Seraphina has become throughout the ages. Seraphina: Spirit pre-history; Seraphina: Earth from Roman times; Seraphina: Fire from the Reformation; Seraphina: Air from the 90s and Seraphina: Water from more recent times – both based on the shaming of women. The show concludes with verbatim ‘coming out stories’ of three present day witches.
The cast of Seraphinas are played by: Kim Smart, best known for her role as Madame Nesle de la Tourelle, in cult TV series, Outlander; Helen Quinn from Clydebank; Megan Fraser from Inverness; Julie Heatherill from Edinburgh; Christie Gourlay from Falkirk. Composer Sev Ka, from Poland, has written the score and the choir is made up of 15 singers and features ex MSP, Rosie Kane, and women from the local community, Glasgow, Fintry, Ayr and Edinburgh.
Rachel Jury, Artistic Director of conFAB, commented:
“Seraphina comes to the stage at an interesting time for women: we have two female leaders of Scotland and England. With Seraphina, I wanted to look at feminine power and how, historically and up to the present day, patriarchy has exploited women causing the suffering of women, men and the Earth and how today it threatens our very survival. The story of this exploitation is told through the history of Witches and how they have been perceived through time. I am delighted that the play is supported through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund as part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and look forward to the conversations I hope the production will inspire those local and those not so local to Paisley.”
Date: Tuesday 31st October – Saturday 4th November 2017
Time: 7.30pm (with a signed performance on Wednesday 1st November and a matinee on Saturday 4th at 2pm, Live streaming 3rd November 7.30pm)
Location: The Wynd Auditorium, Paisley, PA1 2DA
Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions)
Booking: www.seraphina.brownpapertickets.com or telephone: 0345 130 5218
**Parental Guidance: contains full nudity but no sexually explicit material
For further information: https://www.facebook.com/PaisleySeraphina