By Zan Fraser
By the end of the Middle Ages, the popular image of the witch had undergone a reversal. Whereas once she had been admittedly wild and unruly, she had become unremittingly ghoulish, vampiric, cannibalistic, and malevolent. This change in perception, wise-woman to evil-hag, played an important part in determining the fates of women in Europe. Since the image of the witch is tied so intimately to women, the denigration of this powerful archetype could not help adversely affecting the role of females in Middle Ages society. How did this evolution, this transformation, occur?
Classically-trained actor Zan Fraser shows how the image of witches changed in Elizabethan Era “witch plays.” Because drama causes the past to “live” again before us, we see a clearer picture of Burning Times witchcraft than ever before.