Shiona Morton’s new play at Salisbury

SHIONA Morton, the Devon-based writer whose works are inspired by the region where she lives, has a new play at the Salberg Studio at Salisbury from 14th to 24th March – see Reviews section.

Hansel is set in a remote cottage deep in a Cornish wood, home of elderly hoarder Edith. It’s time for  her quarterly sort-out visit from daugh­ter Viv, but this time there is more to argue about than the debris.

Viv discovers Edith’s friendship with a teenage boy, sleeping rough in the woods outside  – and she doesn’t approve.

Funny, beautiful and poignant, Hansel is an atmospheric story of rural life and family relationships.

Shiona Morton’s work includes the site-specific outdoor piece Com­pany of Wolves, created for Long­leat as part of the 2015 Salisbury International Arts Festival.

The Salberg Studio will be converted into a wood for the production, representing both the inside and outside of Edith’s home.

Elizabeth Counsell plays Edith, Zara Ramm is Viv and Lee Rufford is the Boy.  Hansel is directed by Salisbury Playhouse associate director Jo Newman.

Performances of Hansel are nightly from Monday to Saturday at   7.45pm with 2.45 matinees on 22nd and 24th March.

For more information, telephone 01722 320333 or visit the website,

Photograph of Shiona Morton by Zuleika Henry