"Good Friday 1612. High on a hill in a wild and lawless part of Pendle in Lancashire, a secret meeting is held at Malkin Tower. By the end of the year, most of those present have been sentenced to death at Lancaster Castle, hanged for the crime of witchcraft. 400 years later and the story of the Pendle Witches has become the most famous witch hunt in British history. The Dukes, Lancaster presents Richard Shannon's startling retelling to commemorate this 400th anniversary."
"Richard Shannon is a playwright, director and lecturer, working mainly in theatre and radio. His credits as a writer include: The Lady of Burma (The story of Aung San Suu Kyi). The play premiered at the Old Vic in London and went on to the Edinburgh Festival 2007, ran in London at the Riverside Studios and toured nationally. The play is published by Oberon Books and has been performed in Poland, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ireland and Norway. His other work includes: All Our Hellos and Goodbyes which starred Julian Glover as John Betjeman, Olympic Dreamer - the story of Dr William Penny Brookes, and Stargazer - a play for children, produced by Polka Theatre in London and the USA. Richard was Associate Director (New Work) at Polka Theatre for ten years. His productions at Polka include: Shouting, Stamping, Singing Home by Lisa Evans. Richard was also one of the founding directors of Independent Radio Drama Productions. His directing credits include: Saddam's Arms by Simon Beaufoy starring Nerys Hughes, No Boy's Cricket Club by Roy Williams starring Donna Croll and The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Edward Petherbridge as Sherlock Holmes. In 2005 he directed Chuwudubelu, Preserved of God by Justin Butcher starring Ben Okafor, for BBC Radio 4. Richard also works as a visiting lecturer in radio drama at Goldsmiths College, University of London, teaches playwriting at the University of Warwick and the University of East London and drama at Newham College in Stratford, London."