ANSWERING SPIRITS

ANSWERING SPIRITS
A play by Stephen Volk
(UK tour, including Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 1994)


Directed by Caroline Maynard

Designed by Jennie Norman
An Antidote Theatre Production
(UK premiere: 31 July 1993, Glynne Wickham Studio, Bristol)
(4-7 August 1993, Rondo Theatre, Bath)
(UK tour incl Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 1994)

"A tight script... A fast, faultless narrative" Alex Linklater, The Scotsman

"This impressive play, though often searing, is profound and compelling" The Stage

"The show has a power which belongs on another plane... Go and see it" Bath Chronicle

"A gripping experience" Wiltshire Times

 

In 1848, two barefoot children from a backwater farm in New York State started a cult that became a religion. It swept American by storm -- and swept them with it. In public the three Fox sisters became spiritual and moral leaders. In private, their personal lives were tainted and finally shattered by jealousy, lies, guilt and tragedy.

Until, forty years after it all began, when one of them, racked with guilt or addled by alcohol, but empowered by the weight of her conscience, stood up against its millions of followers and proclaimed it all a monumental fraud.

You are invited to attend the confession of Margaret Fox Kane. in the presence of her two sisters, the powerful and manipulative Leah, and the child-like innocent Kate -- the three "Mothers of Spiritualism".

What do you believe? -- Was Spiritualism a sign from God? ...Or the greatest lie ever told?

The cast:

Maggie........................Isabel Brook
Kate............................Siân Owen Jones
Leah...........................Rebecca Simmons
Elisha.........................James Traherne

Read more about Spiritualism's Unlikely Founders at History.net

Read about the Fox Sisters at The Haunted Museum

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