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Norwich Heart, Heritage Economic & Regeneration Trust

The Poisoner‘s Pact - a play by the Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company

The Poisoner's Pact - play by the Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company

The irrepressible Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company comes to The Guildhall this Autumn 2015 with a brand new play, 'The Poisoners Pact'. Set in the 1830s in the supposedly peaceful village of Burnham Market in North Norfolk the play will explore the story of Catherine Frary and Frances Billings, who were the last women to be hanged in Norfolk and whose execution was the last public, double execution in England. Frary and Billings were found guilty of several murders by administering arsenic to their hapless victims, this lethal substance was frequently disguised in dumplings.

Seen through the eyes of the two murderesses, the audience will witness the dramatic events that led to their execution in 1835. Why would two married women, one a mother, carry out such horrific crimes? Who were the other players in this tragic game and was the 'Witch of Wells' more involved than contemporary accounts would have us believe? The performance takes place in the very chambers where Kat and Fanny were tried and sentenced.

Written by Cordelia Spence, the Artistic Director of ' Stuff of Dreams' and one of the authors of 'Love Left Hanging', and Tim Lane, a Norwich based Actor, Teacher and Musician, 'The Poisoners Pact' is the company's third original play and will be their fifth production. The company is going from strength to strength and has a fast growing reputation for producing and touring high quality, lively, engaging theatre that delight's and moves audiences. The company continue to revisit events from East Anglia's past, bringing them alive for contemporary audiences.

We hope you will join us for an evening of murder, mayhem and recipes. After all it is "just good housekeeping".

Fri 16 October 2015 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 17 October 2015 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Tickets £15



(Booking fee of £0.50 per ticket)


Please note that The Guildhall is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. There are also approximately 30 uneven steps up to the first floor where the event is held.