A Play by Wendy Errington

Directed and adapted for Audio by Matt Jamie

Cast: Janine Leigh as Ruby  and  Lucy Curry as Young Ruby

with additional voices from

Jacqueline Phillips, Katie Powell, Arabella Arnott, Amelia Loulli, and Sam Neale.

    Running time 33 mins.  Ages 14+    

I didn’t need to bury it.  I had less years of her blanking me... less of her just looking right through me.  I had a few years of being happy... I remember what that feels like. 


You’ll forgive her... them... one day. 

What if we could talk to our younger self, how would that sound?  Would we understand how we've become the person we are today? Or would we wish we'd somehow never grown up?

Saluting Magpies is a tale of trauma, superstition, stories, and survival.

Content Warning:

This play contains themes which might be uspetting for some people.  

If you would like to know more before listening please click here for more information

If you are affected by issues raised in this play click here for a list of organisations who will be able to help.


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About Wendy Errington

Wendy Errington started writing plays in 2017, at the age of 58. Since then she has had short plays performed at Alphabetti, Live Theatre, Theatre Space NE, and ARC Stockton. She has also had two plays produced by Coracle Productions (including another audio play "Great Expecations, A Love Story Of Sorts")  and Workie Ticket Theatre Company. Saluting Magpies is her first longer play, written as part of the "Write Longer" programme at Alphabetti Theatre.  Elements of Saluting Magpies have been previously performed as short plays in various theatres.

Read Wendy's blog piece on her writing journey here

About Matt Jamie / Coracle

Matt trained as an actor at Drama Studio London, and now works as a theatre director, film maker, and photographer alongside the occasional acting role.  He is an artistic director of Coracle Productions, who are an associate company of Alphabetti Theatre and produce new-writing nurturing talent in the North East.  They are due to produce their 4th Arts Council Funded production... at some point when theatre returns to normal!

More about Coracle productions and Matt here

Produced by Coracle / Matt Jamie

in association with Alphabetti Theatre / Ben Dickenson

Supported by Arts Council England


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Various tracks from their albums "Havor"  and  “The Beauty of Maths"

“Maypole” / Above and Below
“Hip Hop Instrumental 2” / Emotive Music for Film and Radio
“Reflective” / Different Angles
"Warm Morning" / Metamporphasis

Pictures of the Floating World
"Waves"/ Waves

With excerpts from "Milly Molly Mandy" by Joyce L Brisley

"Charlotte's Web" by E B White

"Skellig" by David Almond


Saluting Magpies contains some themes which may be disturbing or triggering for some audience members including references to sexual assault, living in care, self-harm and suicide ideation.  

If you would like support with any issues which have been raised there are a number of organisations who offer help:

NAPAC (The National Association for People Abused in Childhood)

Mind (Mental health charity - their website has lots of links)


Become Charity (for children in care and young care leavers)

Support Line (Confidential emotional support telephone line - this website has lots of links)

Rape Crisis (for rape & abuse info for women & men)

NSPCC (for confidential reporting of any suspected abuse of children)
0808 800 5000

Samaritans (if you are feeling triggered, vulnerable, worried or suicidal)
116 123 or email

Plus you can speak to your GP. Emergencies ring 999.