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Binding and unbinding. Imprisonment and liberation. Actual and psychological. For who is ever truly free to do what they really want, to be who they really are?

The Unbinding, at Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th June, invites us into a dark and spellbinding world, where those who dare to stand out from the crowd are treated with hatred and suspicion. Four women accused of witchcraft are locked together awaiting their sentence in the shadows. Each one is scared. They have no idea who they can trust. Each one is hungry. They have no idea who will ultimately survive.

For Wrong Shoes Theatre Company, the creative process always begins with intensive research and experimentation. Based in Wiltshire, this artist-led touring theatre company delved into historical accounts of witches from Wiltshire and further afield before becoming immersed in bold exploration, uncompromising reflection and provoking expression.

Blending intense visual performance, original new music and stark realism, The Unbinding explores our fears and tests our perceptions. It dares to challenge that innate, insatiable need to punish those who are different. It exposes the terrifying fallout of mob mentality, that ‘us and them’ way of thinking that moves freely among us without restraint, now as then, here as there.

Be prepared: the show contains scenes of a sexual nature, nudity, violence, blood and strong language that some viewers may find disturbing. It’s not just the visceral performance that’s disturbing either. This show has been created to captivate and horrify in equal measure, to challenge and to inspire.


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