Theatre Company winter show 2008: The Crucible (extracts from)
Directed by Bart Lee
Cast: Theatre Company (all leads)
Venue: Woodley Theatre
Show time: 7.30pm
Cast call: 10.30am
A witch hunt!
The Crucible is set against the backdrop of the mad witch hunts of the Salem witch trials in the late 17th century. It is about a town, after accusations from a few girls, which begins a mad hunt for witches that did not exist. Many townspeople were hanged on charges of witchcraft. Miller brings out the absurdity of the incident with the theme of truth and righteousness. The theme is conveyed through the struggles of Miller’s main character, John Proctor.
Join talented Theatre Company members as they bring this wonderful play to life, it will be an evening you won't forget!
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play written in the early 1950s during the time of McCarthyism, when the government blacklisted accused communists. Miller himself was questioned by the House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956. The play was first performed on Broadway on January 22, 1953. The reviews of the first production were hostile, but a year later a new production succeeded and the play became a classic. Today it is studied in high schools and universities, because of its status as a revolutionary work of theatre and for its allegorical relationship to testimony given before the House Committee On Un-American Activities during the 1950s.
Parental Guidance: Not suitable for children under 12 years of age.