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Launch of Exeter Respect Festival 2023 + The Wytches Vendetta

Thu 04 May 2023



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Launch of Exeter Respect Festival 2023 + The Wytches Vendetta

Dir. John Fitzsimons | 2022

Thu 04 May: 7.30pm

The festival, now in its 26th year, started in 1997 in response to the killing of Stephen Lawrence. It returns again this year to Belmont Park, Exeter, on the 10th and 11th June.

It is a celebration of diversity and culture, with 4 stages of music and dance for all ages, multicultural food stalls, campaign groups and children’s area.  This year’s theme is “Diversity Built Britain”. For this launch event, a panel of expert speakers will explore the theme, after a screening of the new short film “The Wytches Vendetta“. The film is based on the hanging of three women in Exeter in 1682, for Witchcraft.

The Exeter Respect Festival is a regular feature of the annual Exeter festival cycle, supported by Devon County Council and Exeter City Council. More information is available at

Running times:  7.00pm- 9.30pm

7.00pm – Meet at Phoenix bar for networking.

7.30pm – Studio 74 screening of “The Wytches Vendetta” See PR document attached

8.15pm – Panel of speakers and discussion on the theme

of “Diversity Built Britain”, led by Dr Suaad Genem.

9.30pm – End

The Wytches Vendetta

A descendant of those responsible for the hanging of three women for witchcraft meets with karmic revenge. We begin with a reprise of the events that led to the hanging of three women, Temperance Lloyd, Mary Trembles and Susannah Edwards, in 1682. Enhanced with dramatic imagination and dialogue the courtroom and hanging scenes are re enacted, using locations in Bideford, The Guildhall in Exeter, and the Castle.

But now it is today, on Dartmoor, in a lay-by where one of the descendants, a successful American businessman, is trying to seduce a young woman.

She resists, but suggests a local pub where there may be a room available for the night. He is delighted. A lack of moral concerns, inherited from his forefathers, guides his decisions.

Delights increase when he finds the pub full with women. But they may not be who they appear to be, and his life is about to change forever.


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