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HEXENHAMMER. Welcome to the misadventures of medieval German monks Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger. Both real, historical figures who co-wrote Die Hexenhammer (The Hammer of Witches), a 15th-century guide to witch-hunting outsold only by the Bible; kick starting the European witch craze and likely responsible for the murder of tens of thousands of women over the next few hundred years.
Using text taken directly from Die Hexenhammer and verbatim text found on online incel forums, HEXENHAMMER explores how men end up killing women as a way to solve their own problems, why that hasn’t changed in the past 500 years, and the uncomfortable role new technology plays – from the advent of the printing press to reddit chatrooms.
Cast & Creative Team Director: CATHERINE ALEXANDER trained at L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and won the Young Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2011 for her devised production SOLD. She is Artistic Director of Quiconque (PUSH, Biscuits of Love, Hideaway and Big Bad Duvet Terror) and has worked with Complicité for twenty-five years on shows including I'll Take You to Mrs Cole!, Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty, The Master and Margarita and Shun-kin. Other directing includes The Gypsy Bible (Opera North) and The Boy from Centreville (Pleasance).
Co-AD/Heinrich Kramer: SUZY KOHANE is a Polish/American/Jewish actor and deviser. Recent credits include Ava in critically acclaimed The Secret Life of Humans at The English Theatre of Frankfurt. She performed in and co-produced short The Cartographer, winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Berlin Short Film Festival. Other credits include The People We Hate at the Wedding (Amazon/Film Nation).
Co-AD/Jacob Sprenger: SIDSEL ROSTRUP is an actor and improviser from Denmark. She helped co-produce the first Copenhagen International Improv Festival and recently worked with the queer theatre company AllWrecked Prods on the UK premiere of promiscuous/cities. Other credits include Close To Me (Channel 4) and Total War (Creative Assembly)
Production Manager: MISHA MAH trained on the MA Stage & Production Management course at the Guildford School of Acting. Production Management credits include: Hungry (Paines Plough, Roundabout), Kabul Goes Pop: Music Television Afghanistan (Brixton House, Touring), Til Death Do Us Part (Darcy Dobson Productions, Theatre503).
Dramaturg: DAVID RALF is a producer, theatre manager, and production manager. Before joining Theatre Deli as Executive Director he was Executive Director of The Bunker Theatre having joined the theatre as General Manager in 2017, and was Associate Producer of The Hope Theatre. He also produces theatre with his company, Loose Tongue, and writes plays.