In the run up to Halloween this year, deep within the bowels of the Castle Keep, a grisly reminder of perhaps the most terrifying and haunting aspect of Newcastle’s history will be taking place.
The witch trials that took place on 21st August 1650 on the city’s Town Moor became the largest mass execution for witchcraft in English history – even preceding the infamous Salem Witch Trials in the US – when fourteen women and one man were hung, condemned as ‘the children of Satan’. Inspired by this horrific event, from Friday 14th until Monday 31st October local production company Twenty Seven will present their latest theatrical production, WYTCH, in conjunction with critically acclaimed writer Lee Mattinson, whose work includes Crocodiles and The Season Ticket.
As well as being the oldest surviving landmark in the city, the Castle also once held the imprisoned witches in its basement as they awaited trial, meaning audience members will be just feet away from where the condemned spent some of their remaining hours on earth. Surely there is no creepier way to spend the build-up to Halloween than that?! You’d be a ghoul to miss it!