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In August 2008 Severnside Theatre Ensemble is presenting the European Premiere of John F. Delorey's musical documentary-drama Witchwife: Requiem for Susanna Martin in Worcester, England, starring Joan Self as Susanna Martin, Sue Black as Mabel Martin and Claire Johnson as Mercy Lewis. Also featuring  Eleanor Peberdy and Tim Johnson.

Witchwife tells the true story of the trial of Susanna Martin, who was accused of witchcraft and executed during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The drama unfolds in words and music of the period.

The first half of the evening's programme will consist of modern interpretations of the Susanna Martin story, including the World Première of a New-Age Soundscape by Coventry musician Stein Fletcher and an Audiovisual "Witchwife Prelude" by Coventry musician Kevin Austin.

Performance dates are 15-16 August 2008 at 7.30pm.

Venue: The John Moore Theatre at the King's School, Worcester.
Tickets 10 (7 concessions)
from the Worcester Festival Box Office, Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester
Telephone 01905 611427

This production of Witchwife is in aid of ACORNS CHILDREN'S HOSPICE TRUST. There are three ACORNS hospices: in Worcester, Walsall and Birmingham. They provide much-needed care and support for life-limited children and their families. ACORNS relies on the generosity of the public for over 80% of its income, so please support our Witchwife 2008 project and help us raise money for this very deserving charity. Visit the ACORNS website HERE.

scene from the trial of Susanna Martin


  • Composer/Arranger John F. Delorey is a direct descendant of Susanna Martin.
  • He is currently Director of Choral Activities and Adjunct Professor of Music at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • On the death of Bruce I. Miller in 2003, Prof. Delorey spent the academic year 2003-4 as Interim Director of Choral Activities at College of the Holy Cross.
  • He is also a professional singer (countertenor and tenor) and conductor, and runs his own music business.
  • Buy CDs featuring John Delorey from amazon.co.uk or amazon.com


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