Witch? Women on Trial

Spoken Word (storytelling, historical)

  • The Lost Close - The Prison Room
  • 14:00
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Natalie Nardone
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


85% of executed witches were women! Why? The brutal truth of the witch hunts in Scotland, told with humour and empathy. Be prepared to laugh and cry as you gain a shocking insight into the untold stories of ordinary women (and some men) caught up in a whirlwind of politics and the religious repression of old magic. Performed in The Lost Close, where the ominous underground ambience adds real atmosphere to a truly powerful storytelling experience.

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Katie Kopajtic 32 days ago

Witch? Women on Trial was brilliant, everyone should go. Thoroughly researched, superbly executed, and in very cool venue. I didn't mind the prison cell; it added to the experience. A perfect blend of 'local' history and fringe goodness.

Monica Robles 33 days ago

Incredible storytelling by this incredible solo performer. Told through the lens of evidence and well researched materials, bringing awareness to a topic that continues to be debated. Why women? It is as timely as it is ancient. Strongly recommend this cool show in a location that serves the narrative deeply.

Susana Alvarez 33 days ago

Natalie takes into a historical journey, it really transport you into those awful times of witch hunting. I really admire the ENORMOUS research she has done to pull out a show like this. Not only the story telling was engaging her dramatic acting brings tears to the eyes easily, as she is just talented and even her face seems to change when she gets into character. The venue is quite impressive as well, but definitely this woman make the show, she is a great story teller and performer.

Emma Gascoigne 33 days ago

Incredible acting and powerful storytelling. This was one of my favourite fringe events that I attended this year: it leaves you with lots to think about and you'll want to learn more about this period of history. The intimate setting also adds to the experience. One not to miss!

susanne jackson-mayne 39 days ago

A fantastic venue for this interesting portrayal (part drama part lecture) of the story of the witch trials in Scotland. Loved the way it was told and learned a lot!

Louise 46 days ago

Informative and engaging. An enjoyable performance despite the subject matter.

Sarah Ross 48 days ago

Part lecture, part one woman show, totally absorbing.

A tiny, quite claustrophobic prison cell adds to the discomfort, but the show is one that loses you in the subject and Natalie's storytelling skills are excellent.

Not one for the faint-hearted as the stories of what was done to women in the name of religion are harrowing, but a story that should be told and heard.


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British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 28 days ago

All Edinburgh Theatre (3/5 stars) 29 days ago

Nardone’s subject matter makes for an entertaining, informative, and occasionally disturbing use of a unique, historic venue.

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