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The Serpent under it – play about Helen Duncan – WWII medium

play about Helen Duncan


This play is based on the true story of Helen Duncan, the spiritualist medium imprisoned towards the end of the Second World War under the 1734 Witchcraft Act. It is a story of Government hypocrisy, personal tragedy and wartime dilemmas and it had and retains a mystery at its heart.

A multi-faceted, complex play which invokes either sympathy or dislike for the characters and the situations in which they find themselves yet encourages the viewer to question their own feelings. Given the circumstances, would the viewer react as did the characters in the play or would they react differently? The play encourages a deeper understanding of the world and our part we play in it.

From a production viewpoint, this play about Helen Duncan has some challenging roles for actors to get their teeth into and also some smaller parts for new actors to gain experience.

Author: Richard Moore

Genre: Biography, drama

Type: Two-act play

Cast: 23F, 26M – many smaller parts can be doubled

Ages of the actors: Cast all adult except for young Nell.

Suitable for: All ages

Length: 3 hours – author will allow workshopping

Set: Various

Level of Difficulty: 8/10 – length of play

Read a Sample of the Script

Cost is $5 for this new digital script

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Copyright © October 2015 Richard Moore and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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