There were two evening performances in the Heritage Micropub at Halfway. We were made to feel very welcome by the pub landlord Melvin, who entertained us with tales of the local community spirit whilst we set up. The first performance was mostly a family audience, whilst the second later performance was more adults. The pub was full on both occasions, with an impressive array of witches on show (both fictional and in the flesh).
The Sheerness story was a fictional tale inspired by a series of key historical island events, including, Queen Sexburgha, the floods, the building of the Sheerness Dockyard, and the Pier. The tale links these moments in time through a mythical character called the Sea Witch. Members of the audience we invited to take part in chanting made up spells and making sounds with shell strings and plastic jellyfish. The performance ends with two very long hand painted slides which contain fantastical images of an underwater world of greed, vice and debauchery within which the Sea witches dwell.