Jane Wenham - The Witch of Walkern
Rebecca Lenkiewicz(Faber & Faber)
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<i>Love is just fear I suppose.
Masquerading as a fever.
Then you explore each other and suddenly you have licence to become totally pedestrian.
And ultimately abusive.</i>
Militancy in the Suffragette Movement is at its height.
Thousands of women of all classes serve time in Holloway Prison in their fight to gain the vote.
Amongst them is Lady Celia Cain who feels trapped by both the policies of the day and the shackles of a frustrating marriage.
Inside, she meets a young seamstress, Eve Douglas, and her life spirals into an erotic but dangerous chaos.
A crucial moment when, with emancipation almost in sight, women refuse to let the establishment stand in their way.
Rebecca Lenkiewicz's <i>Her Naked Skin</i> premiered at the National Theatre, London, in July 2008.