Ever heard of a Cunning Woman? A village witch or healer who provided remedies and divination? ‘Cunning’, from the Old English term kenning, meaning ‘wise’. Well, that’s what Ida, Gemma Langford’s nan was. In fact, she was the last Cunning Woman of Timperley. Ida lives on in memory in many forms, depending on who you ask. But many would agree, magic ran through her. Sharing stories and memories, this is a beautiful celebration of a woman who helped to heal in more ways than one.
Gemma Langford’s work has appeared at theatres including Theatre503, The National Theatre Studio, Southwark Playhouse, 53Two and Hope Mill. She also writes radio plays with Big Finish for series such as Dr Who and Avengers. As a Video Games writer, Gemma's work with Ghost Town Games saw her become a Bafta Breakthrough Brit.
OH WOMAN! is a celebration of remarkable lives and quiet triumphs, of famous faces and family members, and will be shared across the theatre’s website and social media channels from Monday 8 March – Wednesday 31 March.
Artwork by Illustrator Hannah McLennan-Jones
Julie Hesmondhalgh as Ida
Evie Wormald as Kid
Katie West as Woman
Sound Design & Composition by Annie May Fletcher