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In March 1759, a convicted murderer fights for her life in a small village on the east coast of England. Sally Poppy is accused by her husband of murdering a girl with her lover. When her death sentence is announced, she claims to be pregnant — in which case the execution would have to be suspended. Twelve women from the village, who have already given birth to at least one child, are appointed as a “matron jury” to determine or rule out the pregnancy. In a legal system that is alien and hostile to them, the women reluctantly and involuntarily search for the truth, while a mob rages outside that wants to see Sally Poppy hang.

KEY VISUAL Das Himmelszelt
KEY VISUAL Das Himmelszelt Arno Declair

Another event concerns the villagers: the appearance of a bright comet approaching Earth at intervals of 74 to 79 years. All eyes turn to the sky in anticipation – and away from the female body, which is the site of investigation and a battlefield between right and wrong. British playwright Lucy Kirkwood has written a compelling, precise court drama for an almost exclusively female ensemble. Her historical plot is scattered with current references, connecting the two periods. "It is about how democracy works, what it means to cast a vote, and how to gain agency within existing structures" (Lucy Kirkwood).

The Welkin (Das Himmelszelt) - German translation by Corinna Brocher

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by Lucy KirkwoodDirector: Jette Steckel
Participating artists
Jette Steckel (Regie)
Florian Lösche (Bühne)
Andrea Schraad (Kostüme)
Mark Badur (Musik)
Dominika Knapik (Choreografie)
Matthias Vogel (Licht)
Benedikt Reidenbach (Chorleitung)
Anika Steinhoff (Dramaturgie)
Johann Wucherpfennig (Haubenelektronik)
Kathleen Morgeneyer (Sally Poppy, die Mörderin)
Maren Eggert (Elizabeth Luke, die Hebamme)
Leila Abdullah (Judith Bewer, die Jury der Mütter)
Lena Brückner (Peg Carter, die Jury der Mütter)
Karin Neuhäuser (Charlotte Cary, die Jury der Mütter)
Elli Treptow (Kitty Givens, die Jury der Mütter)
Almut Zilcher (Sarah Hollis, die Jury der Mütter)
Birgit Unterweger (Emma Jenkins, die Jury der Mütter)
Linda Pöppel (Ann Lavender, die Jury der Mütter)
Anja Schneider (Helen Ludlow, die Jury der Mütter)
Birte Schnöink (Mary Middleton, die Jury der Mütter)
Dominika Knapik (Hannah Rusted, die Jury der Mütter)
Ursula Werner (Sarah Smith, die Jury der Mütter)
Manuel Harder (Mr. Coombs, Gerichtsdiener)
Enno Trebs (Frederick Poppy, der Ehemann / Mr. Willis, der Doktor)
Livia Mello Wagner (Katy Luke, Tochter der Hebamme)
Ylvie Wolff (Katy Luke, Tochter der Hebamme)
Deutsches Theater Berlin
Deutsches Theater Berlin