New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

The Witches’ Promise at Weoley Castle

Posted June 28th, 2012 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre has joined forces with Birmingham City Council’s Library and Archive Services to bring a range of theatre projects to six local libraries across the city (Springhill, Ward End, Weoley Castle, Harborne, Hall Green and Quinton).

The Neighbourhood REP projects, which have been funded by the Esmée Fairbairn will be inspired by the local people, history and community of the libraries and will give library users the chance to get involved, through playwriting, storytelling, performing or simply enjoying a performance.

Next month the Neighbourhood REP production will be The Witches’ Promise staged at Weoley Castle ruins. The Witches’ Promise is based on events that occurred there in the 14th Century. The moated manor house dates back to the 13th century and the production will be performed on the site of its ruins.

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


The Witches’ Promise

Description of the event:

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.

Tickets cost £3 (£2 concessions) and are available from the Birmingham REP Box Office Online or call 0121 236 4455.

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




Leave a comment