Community cast rehearses on Weoley Castle Ruins

Preparations are well under way for the exciting Neighbourhood Rep production which is to be staged at Weoley Castle Ruins next month.

The Witches’ Promise has been specially written by Stephanie Dale and features original music by Tim Laycock. Directed by Peter Cann, the play is inspired by the history of Weoley Castle. The moated manor house dates back to the 13th century and the production will be performed on the site of its ruins, which is managed by Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

The production features a community cast and crew who have been working with a professional team from the Birmingham Rep theatre since May.

Audience members will walk around the ruins to follow the play, which includes singing, dancing, music, puppetry and special effects.

Description: By the time 30 dawns pass you must bury what is precious, for unless you do, hell will come to us all…

During the lavish wedding of wealthy baron, John De Somery’s sister, five witches appear and make a terrifying prediction of death and despair falling across 14th century Weoley Castle, This prophesy is closely followed by failing crops, devastating rainfall, and a widespread plague amongst cattle. Very soon hunger forces villagers to feed on decomposing animal carcases, but just how far will desperation take them and why are mothers being driven to hiding their children

There will be four performances:

  • Sat 7th July at 7pm
  • Sat 14th July at 3pm
  • Sat 14th July  at 7pm
  • Sun 15th July at 3pm

Tickets cost just £3 (£2 concessions) and are available from the Birmingham Rep Box Office online or call 0121 236 4455



  1. Just watched The Witches and it was amazing.I was not sure what to expect but found the concept of the audience moving around and at times being part of the play ingenius.It was imposible to know which were the professional actors and singers ” Well done”

  2. We’ve just got back from watching the show. It was a fantastic experience! Wandering around the Castle Ruins to experience the different parts of the play really gave the show a unique feel. I was impressed with all the actors, even when they weren’t the focus of attention they were adding to the show. Congratulations to all involved for the great production!


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