Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins: Play 'heals' wounds in East Anglia
A woman is attempting to "heal the wounds" caused by the infamous Witchfinder General by performing a play at sites where he tortured women into confessions in the 17th Century.
Sisterhood follows three women talking on the night before their witch trial.
It is written by Jolie Booth and is touring East Anglia - where Matthew Hopkins plied his trade.
His work led to an estimated 100 executions.
The play also has its origins in the Me Too movement, which has seen women talk openly about sexism and assaults.
"I didn't know where to put my anger and saw how there were women around me really inspiring me - really stepping into their power," she said.
Ms Booth described it as a "healing tour" as it travels to sites connected with witch-related arrests, torture, trials and executions, with some venues in buildings which would have been there in Hopkins' time.
Hopkins (c.1620-1647) lived in Mistley, Essex and his first accusation was in neighbouring Manningtree.
The playwright said: "He pulled his neighbour out of the Red Lion [one of the tour venues] by the hair and accused her of being a witch."
Methods to extract confessions included "witch-pricking" with needles and dunking in ponds.
If they floated they were guilty of being saved by the devil, and if not they drowned.
Philip Cunningham, of Manningtree Museum, said the Red Lion was a contemporary building, dating from 1600.
He said: "There clearly was a local court where initial hearings took place.
"There may have been a civic building for this or one of the inns could have been used."
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Mrs Booth said the play's origins were from when she worked during historical re-enactments at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, Suffolk, and she was "arrested" as a witch when playing a 10-year-old milkmaid.
"They took me away and I had no idea what they were going to do with me or how far the performance would go," she said.
Sisterhood is touring at Stowmarket's Museum of East Anglian Life on Saturday, The Red Lion in Manningtree on Sunday, with further shows in Chelmsford, Colchester, Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds, Norwich and Ely.