Vinegar Tom (play)
Vinegar Tom is the title of a 1976 feminist play by British playwright Caryl Churchill. The play examines gender and power relationships through the lens of 17th century witchcraft trials in England. The script employs features of the epic theater associated with German playwright Bertolt Brecht, particularly the non-realistic use of songs. The play's title comes from the name of one character's pet cat, supposed to be her familiar spirit, likely inspired by the supposed imp of one Elizabeth Clarke, a woman tried and executed for witchcraft in Essex in 1645. The play was inspired by the Women's Rights Act in 1970 and explored the thought that women were treated unequally to men in England, both at the time in which the play takes place, and the time in which the play was written.
The play tells the story of Alice, who is in her twenties and living in a small village. Alice and her mother Joan are accused of witchcraft after an altercation with their neighbours, followed by several mishaps upon their neighbours' farm - supposedly the result of Joan's "witchcraft". It is later implied that Vinegar Tom, Joan's cat, may have been behind it all. The plot includes witchcraft, some slating of the Christian faith, and the oppression of women. It was written at the height of the second feminist movement in the 20th Century. Churchill, a highly influential feminist writer, uses this script to display how much control men have in society and how women have historically been treated as chattel, taught to be subservient to men. All of the songs are set in the present, rather than the time period of the play, and reflect, in one way or another, the gender and sexual discrimination present in society. Betty, one of the play's characters, is classed as mad or ill simply because she does not want to marry. The play also outlines society's rejection of people who do not conform to the mainstream, or who are "different".

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Churchill Plays: 1: Owners; Traps; Vinegar Tom; Light Shining in ...
In Traps, a set of characters meet themselves and their pasts to create plenty of sinewy lines and joyous juxtapostions —Plays and Players Vinegar Tom is set in ...
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Vinegar Tom: Play addresses women's rights ... - The Concordian
Apr 11, 2013 ... According to the cast members of “Vinegar Tom,” this is a play about witches with no witches at all. The play “Vinegar Tom” was written by Caryl ...
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Stage review: 'Vinegar Tom,' presented by Whistler in the Dark - Arts ...
Jan 14, 2013 ... The title character of “Vinegar Tom” is a black cat who never appears — which is appropriate for what the company calls “A play about witches, ...
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Plays 1: Owners / Traps / Vinegar Tom / Light Shining in ...
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Whistler in the Dark: Vinegar Tom
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Vinegar Tom | Samuel French
Apr 20, 2013 ... Vinegar Tom. Caryl Churchill. Customer Rating: star (Rate this!) Full Length Play, Drama. 2m, 7f. ISBN: 9780573619731. "Provocative theatre ...
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Vinegar tom play - WikiAnswers
A play written by Henrik Ibsen, Not one of his best plays but it shows the complete ignorance of society in the time it was wirtten. The play ''vinegar tom'' involves ...
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Jan 15, 2013 ... presented by Whistler in the Dark Theatre Vinegar Tom is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. by Caryl Churchill ...
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Feb 9, 2012 ... Vinegar Tom, the University drama department's latest production, is a 1976 play written by feminist playwright Caryl Churchill. While you might ...
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In her 1976 play Vinegar Tom, having its midwest premiere at the hands of the Trinity Square Ensemble, British writer Caryl Churchill focuses on a more earthly ...
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Dec 5, 2012 ... Welcome to Vinegar Tom, London Metropolitan University's Theatre Studies class adaptation of Caryl Churchill's famous play. This blog was ...
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Theatre > Vinegar Tom – Iowa State University Theatre Production ... This play examines the relationship of gender and power as woman after woman goes on ...
Whistler in the Dark brings new life to a 1970s play with 'Vinegar Tom'
Jan 20, 2013 ... Whistler in the Dark brings new life to a 1970s play with 'Vinegar Tom'. That witch does not kill us: The women of Whistler in the Dark get down ...
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Apr 20, 2013 ... Although vinegar Tom is set in the 16th or 17th century in rural ... (born 1938) wrote her first play, Downstairs, while at Oxford University.
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Churchill: Plays One
Churchill: Plays One
Caryl Churchill, 1985
"Caryl Churchill is a playwright of genuine audacity and assurance, able to use her considerable wit and intelligence in ways at once unusual, resonant and dramatically riveting." -- Benedict Nightingale, New Statesman
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Student's Guide to A5 Drama and Theatre Studies for the Edexcel ...
Max Harvey, Nigel Williams, Nigel Williams, Marcus Harvey, 2004
Vinegar Tom is not based on precise historical fact or detail. It is much more loosely set and was inspired by the fact that Monstrous Regiment theatre company wanted to perform a play about witches and the Joint Stock theatre company ...
The Script Sampler: Extracts for Performance at Gcse
The Script Sampler: Extracts for Performance at Gcse
Andy Kempe, 2002
Churchill. CAST (in order of appearance) BELLRINGER MARGERY JACK PACKER GOODY JOAN SUSAN ALICE BETTY ELLEN 10 speaking parts. Doubling possible. On the surface one might say that Vinegar Tom was a play about witches.
Three Jacobean Witchcraft Plays: Sophonsiba, The Witch, The Witch of Edmonton (The Revels Plays Companion Library...
Three Jacobean Witchcraft Plays: Sophonsiba, The Witch, The Witch of Edmonton (The Revels Plays Companion Library...
1989
For Jacobean society, witchcraft was a potent and very real force, an area of sharp controversy in which King James I himself participated and a phenomenon that attracted many dramatists and writers. The three plays in this book - Sophonisba, The Witch and The Witch of Edmonton - reflect the variety of belief in witches and practice of witchcraft i...
Student's Guide to A2 Performance Studies for the Ocr Specification
Student's Guide to A2 Performance Studies for the Ocr Specification
John Pymm, 2005
The three extracts chosen for examination here are Vinegar Tom (1976), Top Girls (1982) and Ice Cream (1989). You might choose some later plays from the 1990s such as Mad Forest, The Skriker or Blue Heart, which show further stylistic ...
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Vinegar Tom: Play addresses women’s rights through timeless script and song
According to the cast members of “Vinegar Tom,” this is a play about witches with no witches at all. The play “Vinegar Tom” was written by Caryl Churchill in 1976, but it is set in 17th century England. The show [...]
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Fuse Stage Review: A Tangy “Vinegar Tom” » The Arts Fuse
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“Who Are The Witches Now?” Caryl Churchill’s Vinegar Tom at the Black Box Theatre | Art Knoxville
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Sacramento Press / Review: "Vinegar Tom," KOLT Run Creations takes drama to new depths
“They’re coming to get you. Do you know what for?” Met on the street, we were led through an iron gate, down a steep set of stairs and through a crumbling basement. We ended up seated at the bottom of the pool, proof that that none among us was a witch; witches, as is well known, will summon the forces of evil to cause them to float. On this particular occasion, however, it remained inconclusi
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Response to Vinegar tom turkey The do Vinegar Tom was a rattling unusual play. E genuinelything in the play was very different and weird.
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Jan 11-Feb 3, 2013: Whistler in the Dark’s Vinegar Tom | Veronica Barron
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