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The Village Storytelling Festival

Nefarious Practices

Sat 9 July 2022

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BSL interpretation

BSL interpretation

Live automated captions

Close up of Allison Galbraith, a storyteller with long wavy hair, looking into the distance.

Image credit. Finlay Stevenson

Allison Galbraith, Storyteller | Shannon Stevenson, Music | Gaston Welisch, Film

Although the Witchcraft Act was repealed in 1736, fear of nefarious practices never left these shores.

In this new piece, especially commissioned for the Village Storytelling Festival 2022, Allison Galbraith considers the Scottish witch hunts through storytelling, film and music.

Delving into the folktales of Lanarkshire, she explores the prejudice and fear, fuelled by sinister political and religious beliefs, which led to accusations of witchcraft. Allison shares her own encounters with witches, past and present, while acknowledging our never ending fascination with earth magic and those who practise it. In light of the recent apology in Scottish Parliament to the people executed as witches, an invited panel will discuss the merits of honouring the wrongs done to our ancestors, and of raising an awareness of this horrific phenomenon, both here and across the world.

This is a hybrid event which you can attend in person or from your home. It will be followed by a Q & A session with both live and digital audiences, who are invited to join the debate about reconnecting with, and righting the wrongs of the past.

If you are attending in person, please ensure you buy the correct ticket type as digital ticket holders will not be admitted.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot guarantee that the BSL interpreter will appear consistently in the live-streamed version of the performance. Closed auto-captions will be available for the at-home audience.

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Part of Village Storytelling Festival 2022 #




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7:00pm — 8:20pm




Tickets: Free For Festival Pass Holders
(but they must still book a ticket)

Live in person:
Sliding Scale £5/10/15
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Sliding Scale £4/7.50/10
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BSL interpretation

Live automated captions

Tickets no longer available