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Preview: Unbinding at Newcastle Alphabetti

A Dark Tale of Witchcraft casts its spell at the Alphabetti Theatre

The Unbinding
Newcastle Alphabetti Theatre
Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th June 2018

Wrong Shoes Theatre Company will be performing its new show ‘The Unbinding’ at the Alphabetti Theatre as part of their 2018 national tour. Described as a dark and intense performance, The Unbinding has stunned audiences into silence. The performance features stark realism, horror, physical theatre and original new music by musician Gary Bamford.

Louise Catherwood, Daniella Faircloth, 
Hannah Marquez, Rebecca Martin
Devised from historical accounts of witches from Wiltshire and further afield, ‘The Unbinding’ explores mob mentality and our insatiable need to punish those who are different. It is set deep in the gloomy bowels of a small-town church where four deviant women await their sentence in the shadows. Scared and hungry they don’t know who they can trust or who will survive.

Daniella Faircloth
“By researching and working with historical accounts of witch trials throughout Europe, we have created a piece that explores a world where those who dare to stand out from the crowd are treated with hatred and suspicion. What makes this story so powerful is that it could be set in any time period, the story seems as relevant today as it would have done 400 years ago.” said Luke Marquez, Director of Wrong Shoes Theatre Company.

Hannah Marquez
“Due to its content, the show may be uncomfortable watching for some, but after unearthing what thousands of women went through during the witch trials, we wanted to stay true to their experiences and also explore the folklore that surrounded their persecution.”

Wrong Shoes is an artist-led touring theatre company based in Wiltshire. Their work is focused on devised theatre and adaptations is visceral, visual and daring - created to affect, inspire and challenge audiences. Bold, uncompromising and sometimes uncomfortable, their storytelling blends visual performance, music and text - exploring fears, testing our perceptions and exposing unexpected beauty in the most unlikely of places.

The Unbinding is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

“Takes you by the throat and does not let go until the very end.” Swindon Advertiser
“Bold and uncompromising. This is a play that will satisfy.” The Swindonian
“Thought-provoking and sophisticated. A must see!” The Ocelot

Cast and Creatives:
Artistic Director: Luke Marquez
Composer: Gary Bamford
Lighting Designer: Richard Abrams
Cast: Louise Catherwood, Daniella Faircloth, Hannah Marquez, Rebecca Martin

WARNINGS: Contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Including scenes of a sexual nature, nudity, violence, and strong language - suitable for ages 16+ only.

‘The Unbinding’ will be performed at the Alphabetti Theatre, St James Boulevard, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4HP on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th June at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 and £5 for concessions and are available from

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