The fascinating tale of Sarah Jacob the ‘Welsh Fasting Girl’ set in 19th century West Wales.
Four nurses from Guy’s Hospital were sent down to a small Carmarthenshire village to help solve the mystery of a beautiful child ‘dressed like a bride’ who was attracting nationwide interest with her family’s claim that she was able to live without food or drink. No one really knew what to believe. Was Sarah Jacob a miracle child or was she secretly eating and drinking and if so did someone else know of her secret? What would have happened to Sarah Jacob if no one had ever tried to find out?
In retelling this fascinating story, the play explores various theories which raise questions about the role of medicine and science, religion and faith, innocence and guilt and the need for society to apportion blame.
The Watching will be presented at the Llantilio Crosseny Festival of Music and Drama on May 15th and 16th at 7.00pm (for tickets telephone 07779225921) and at the Melville Theatre in Abergavenny on May 24th at 7.30pm (tickets available from Borough Theatre Box Office 01873 850805).
Under the management of Gwent Theatre the Gwent Young People’s Theatre offers exciting opportunities for young people from 10 – 21 years to experience a variety of activities and productions under the direction of professional theatre practitioners at the Melville Theatre in Abergavenny