The books are a personal prop of Reverend Hale, a minister who specializes in finding witches.
I made these from damaged books, in which I inserted a booklet of appropriate text and images. They were then rebound in plain faux leather covers, to match the minimalist aesthetic of the production design.
Large Witch Hunters Guide – Illustrated
The illustrations are black marker, drawn to imitate line-work of traditional woodblock prints. They less detail and more open shapes than real woodcuts, so audiences can see them more clearly onstage. The text is a lino block print, carved with nonsense words. The font is based on text in the Malleus Malleficarum, a witch hunting guide published in 1486.
Small Witch Hunters Guide – Text and Symbols
The third book is a re-imagining of Hale’s personal notebook, which the real Reverend Hale is said to have kept while in Salem. I included sketches of items that appeared in real life trials, including a poppet and a sample of lace. The text itself is scribble, but shaped to resemble hand writing from surviving trial documents.
The poppet is the main piece of evidence used by character Abigail Williams to accuse her former employer of witchcraft.
To give it an authentic look and feel, I hand sewed the poppet from rough calico, and stuffed it with rags. The costume of the poppet resembles the costume of Abigail Williams, to create a direct visual connection