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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Vinegar Tom | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader
VINEGAR TOM Halcyone Productions at Splinter Group Studio Caryl Churchill's ... Conor McPherson's play may not be great, but it's superb in its goodness.
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Vinegar Tom examines witches among us | City Pages
Sep 17, 2008 ... The play about 17th-century repression has a modern-day message. A A A Comments (0) ... The women of Vinegar Tom: Which is the witch?
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Theater Review : 'Vinegar Tom' A Bewitching Drama - Los Angeles ...
Mar 4, 1987 ... What is a witch? A woman who is just a bit too attractive? A bit too ugly? A bit too handy with spells and magic? In "Vinegar Tom," playing at the ...
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Vinegar Tom - Full Length Play, Drama. Read Free ... Caryl Churchill (born 1938) wrote her first play, Downstairs, while at Oxford University. It was staged in ...
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Feb 6, 2014 ... Stetson University presents Vinegar Tom, by Obie Award-winning author ... An exciting, early play by Churchill, Vinegar Tom follows the story of ...
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Vinegar Tom -. February 01, 2012. Washington D.C. and Seattle-based director John Vreeke guest directs this play written by celebrated playwright Caryl ...
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Feb 3, 2010 ... The cast of Vinegar Tom (left to right) Ragan Rhodes (Betty), Terissa Kelton ... The Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Theatre and Dance ... " This is a play I feel very deeply about with its themes of violence and ...
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Jul 2, 2013 ... Vinegar Tom ... set to an origional soundtrack of funk and punk as WUDS revives Caryl Churchill's classic feminist play for the modern age.
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Plays: One
Caryl Churchill, 1985
The plays in this volume represent the best of Churchill's writing up to and including her emergence onto the international theatre scene with "Cloud Nine.
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
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.
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Alistair Conquer, John Pymm, 2005
If you can, see a live production or find a video as this should help to make the play clearer. If you have ... Extract 1: Vinegar Tom Vinegar Tom takes its name from a cat owned by an old woman in the play who is accused of witchcraft. The play ...
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...
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Max Harvey, Nigel Williams, Nigel Williams, Marcus Harvey, 2004
You could then chart the journey of each of the characters throughout the play. This will help you to understand the importance of the parallel plots in Vinegar Tom. Use of language The language spoken by the characters is an important tool in ...
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Vinegar Tom: The Songs
As those who have seen Vinegar Tom know, the show features songs performed by characters in contemporary dress. These songs are meant to depict contemporary women's attitudes towards the events happening in the play, and are quite powerful both musically and lyrically!Caryl Churchill wrote the songs into the play, with the intention of giving "real," modern women a voice onstage as the fictional, 17th-century scenes unfold.
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Review: The Ice Man / Vinegar Tom, Jackson's Lane - A Younger TheatreA Younger Theatre
Fourth Monkey Theatre Company present The Ice Man and Vinegar Tom as part of a double bill at Jackon's Lane.
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Vinegar Tom - Adaptation: Week 4: "Vinegar Tom" Characters & Their Actors
When Vinegar Tom was first brought to the stage in 1976, actors such as Roger Allam, probably best known for his role in The Thick Of It, and Mary McCuster were among the original cast. Vinegar Tom was presented for the first time at the Humberside Theatre in Hull. Cast for London Metropolitan University's Theatre Studies class is as follows:Joan: Jade Jarvis Susan: Leia Ryan Alice: Migle Grakauskaite Packer: Cameron Bell Marjory: Emily Lodge Ellen: Nanna Remond Jack: Chris Barlow Doctor/Bellringer/Goodman: George Sesay Kramer & Sprenger: George Sesay/ Cameron Bell. Working on the text and acting as Assistant Director: Zdenka Prockova. Directed by: Christopher Holt. Each actor has studied their character carefully throughout the play.
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Vinegar Tom | SuTCo
Caryl Churchill’s Vinegar Tom presents a contemporary view of witch trials, focusing on absurd patriarchal depictions of the female gender. The play addresses historical perceptions of liberated and sexually aware women as being outsiders in society, and how this brought them under persecution. It examines scapegoates in society and how it is still relevant today,…
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The Hub Review: Something Churchill this way comes
Vernoica Barron, bassist Tony Leva, and the witches of Vinegar Tom. Caryl Churchill liked to call her script Vinegar Tom (through Feb. 2 from Whistler in the Dark) "a play about witches with no witches in it." She might have added, "And in which the lead character never appears," for indeed we never set eyes on the eponymous tom-cat who's supposedly the "familiar" of her poor, persecuted characters.
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Vinegar Tom -3rd year theatre studies. 21 likes. London Metropolitan third year Theatre studies adaptation of Vinegar Tom. Performing 5th-6th December in...
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