Theatre (folk, new writing)

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  • Sweet Novotel - Novotel 3
  • 17:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Different Theatre / Sweet Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


'They call me witch. A teeth-gnasher. A shape-shifter. When a man says a woman turns into a hare, it means she were too quick for him!' Based on a 19th century Sussex tale, this piece of feminist folk-horror explores themes of female sexuality, ageing and loss as kinds of alchemy. 'Magical storytelling and a poetic serenity in the face of the dark... such gentleness of spirit, and a tender regard for difference and solitude. It’s another gem' ( 'It’s as tough and tender as old barley with a dash of the ineffable. Top-class theatre!' (

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Audience arrive at box office which is on street level. FOH call audience when the show is ready, audience go through double doors to foyer where all three performance spaces are. Audiences are directed to the correct room for their show. The accessible toilet is reached by using the lift in the box office area to the lower level. Any audience member who would like early access or first seating can mention this to box office staff when they arrive.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Bob Lambert 58 days ago


Wow. Just, Wow. A beautiful piece of theatre. 19th century Sussex, a girl becomes a woman becomes a mother becomes a maid, and is accused of being a witch and a skin changer, a hare, because she lives alone outside of the village, and uses seasonal knowledge, woodland cunning and herbal remedies. Magic and music and myth intertwine as two amazing actors play the same character at the same time, drawing you in to Sary's world. Stunning, the sort of theatre you just don't want to end.

Ravi 60 days ago

A very high quality play, performed wonderfully by two actors who looked so natural and brilliant. This show takes you into the 19th century and shows the strengths and vulnerabilities of both youth and age. This show is one of the best ones we've seen on the fringe and cannot recommend highly enough.

The sad part is that we were just 3 people on this show and i'm shocked at such good shows not having an audience, I've seen worse shows in bigger venues and having larger audience, there are only few shows left for this beautiful play this year, so don't miss it, watch this show, get mesmerised and get them the audience and applause they deserve.

Emily Carding 63 days ago

Truly magical tale, woven expertly by two wondrously talented storyteller actors. Mystical and moving, this show will stay with you for a long time ❤️

Chris Gates 65 days ago

A beautiful piece of writing, two excellently crafted performances; an absolutely spellbinding bit of theatre. Can not recommend highly enough.

lorraine mclean 65 days ago

Sharon Drain and Rebecca Jones give a truly fantastic acting performance, and the writing was stunning . I thoroughly recommend this show, a fabulous drama to contrast some of the other shows we've seen.

Anne Rabbitt 70 days ago

Evocative, engrossing, a show of delicacy and rigour both in the writing and the wonderful performances. To be transported from a tiny black curtained room in a hotel into the world of Sary is testament to actors and writer; wonderful.

Judey Bignell 76 days ago

Sam Chittenden's writing truly is poetry - honest and earthy and yet haunting and lyrical. I left the performance wishing she'd write a novel for me to devour next. Sharon Drain and Rebecca Jones give a remarkable performance, for both actors were clearly so intune with each other it was imperceivable to me to see where one performance ended and another began. The whole show was beautiful and moving. I highly recommend this show. A stunning drama and piece of theatre.

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 55 days ago

As two women—one older, one younger, both in old-style clothes—sit and work with herbs and wicker, their story begins to unfold. Sary is the tale of a woman who keeps to herself, knows the herbs and plants and helps heal others, so, naturally, she's thought to be a witch and...

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FringeReview 65 days ago

Sary is based loosely on the tale of Sary Weaver from around the 1800s. This new writing from Sam Chittenden takes inspiration from this tale, using the evocative and visually rich dialects of Sussex at this time. The use of language throughout the show – loving mud (mud that sticks...

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A Younger Theatre (4/5 stars) 69 days ago

Sary is a marked part of the British folklore tradition, specifically set in the bleak landscape of rural medieval Sussex. Nestled in the intimate space at the Novotel Hotel, two actresses explore womanhood as a kind of alchemy; transformative, transgressive and entirely human. As we enter the room, we find...

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The F Word 70 days ago

Both Drain and Jones give terrific performances and their on-stage chemistry allows a gentle and moving exploration of what it is like for a woman to get old. Sam Chittenden’s stunning way with words makes me want to climb inside the play and experience the natural wonder for myself. Though the plot sometimes gets lost in the metaphors, overall, Sary is a gem.

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