The Whipping Act


Set in the 16th century, based on legislation that when a young woman became pregnant before marrying she faced a Church Court, was draped in a white sheet, and made to confess her sins before her neighbours. The punishment was that she be whipped. The play follows the interrogation of one such, Tess, a peasant girl who speaks poetically against her sentence, but is still whipped. The church is burnt, Tess's mother is named a witch because she cursed the church elders. Todd, the boatman, Tess's lover returns and helps them escape. (6 speaking parts: 3m, 3f. 5 non-speaking parts, mostly women.)

  • drama
  • 50
  • 11 total
  • 7 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • adolescence
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult, teen
  • Australian Script Centre


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