‘Pendle Witches - The Musical’ takes to stage

Pendle Witches the musical Dress rehearsal. Students and their roles, left to right: Aston Knight - Alizon Device; Tasha Brittain - Old Demdike (Elizabeth Southern) from Burnley; Natalia Jackson - Jennet Device; Cameron Morgan - William Starkey; Amy Bell - Alice Nutter
Pendle Witches the musical Dress rehearsal. Students and their roles, left to right: Aston Knight - Alizon Device; Tasha Brittain - Old Demdike (Elizabeth Southern) from Burnley; Natalia Jackson - Jennet Device; Cameron Morgan - William Starkey; Amy Bell - Alice Nutter
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The infamous tale of the Pendle Witches is being brought to life by a group of East Lancashire students.

“Pendle Witches – The Musical” will chart the story of members of the Demdike and Chattox families who were hanged for witchcraft in 1612 and is based on the witches’ confessions from the original trial.

The play has been written and directed by Blackburn College’s Head of Performing Arts Nick Maynard and Director of Music Michael Greenhalgh, and features both teachers and students from the college.

Nick Maynard said: “The Pendle Witches is such a great of story of murder, witchcraft and revenge – it’s the perfect tale to brought to the stage! We’ve even infused the musical with a bitter-sweet love story to add even more life.

“The Pendle Witch trials were the most famous in England, in which they made extraordinary accounts of their own activities incriminating each other. Had they remained silent there would very probably have been no trial and no executions! Our college musical has proved to be a popular evening’s entertainment every year and this one is going to be no exception.”

One of the young actresses is Tasha Brittain, who plays the part of Elizabeth Southern, known as Old Demdike.

Tasha said: “I’ve always loved acting, so I was so pleased to be cast in one of the main roles as Old Demdike – she really is a great character to play. I’ve enjoyed every minute of the musical and would recommend anybody wanting a good night out to come and watch us.”

The play opens on Tuesday, with further performances on Thursday and Friday at 7-30 p.m. at Blackburn College’s Feilden Street Theatre. Tickets cost £5.50 (£4.50 concession) and are available by phoning 01254 292929. The college is also offering a special “meal deal” with a meal at its Scholars Restaurant prior to the performance.

l For more details and to book ring the restaurant on 01254 292155.