The Crucible

by Arthur Miller

Directed by Max Lewendel

Friday 27th September – Saturday 5th October 2019 in the Auditorium

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An imaginative, volatile re-telling of a classic true story, re-told with our turbulent times in mind.

In the tight-knit, Puritan town of Salem, a group of girls are discovered dancing in the woods and then immediately fall ill. When no earthly cause can be identified, fear and suspicion begin to percolate in the small, isolated community, that something larger, more fearsome, and other worldly may be to blame. Buried secrets and resentments are brought to light and attempts to root out evil lead to finger-pointing, treachery, and betrayal. When everyone is a suspect, sometimes the most dangerous threat to the community may be the community itself.

The author chose the title The Crucible very carefully. There is something about the heat, the intensity, the rigidity of a crucible, separating, combining, and destroying whatever is placed within it.  A “crucible” can also be a test or severe trial, which our central character (John Proctor) is put through long before he’s ever accused of witchcraft.

The community cannot handle the raw femininity of children dancing as they explore the first hints of adulthood, so they latch onto the idea of witchcraft, a patriarchal attempt to keep women in their place.

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Part of the Barn’s 2019/2020 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club

Cast

Mary Warren-Esther Bishop
John Proctor-Peter Bryans
Rev. Samuel Parris-Divyesh Thakerar
Giles Corey-Keith Thompson
Rebecca Nurse-Anne Woolmington
Thomas Putnam-Colin Macleod
Ann Putnam-Adrienne Perry
Judge John Hathorne-Mark Skrebels
George Herrick-Joey Butcher
Francis Nurse-Keith MacDougall
Betty Parris-Olivia Breeze
Mercy Lewis-Georgia Burgess
Susannah Walcott-Katherine Steed
Abigail Williams-Kizzie Hopkinson
Elizabeth Proctor-Alice Smithson
Judge George Danforth-Simon Parr
Rev. John Hale-Matt Hughes-Short
Tituba-Jaysica Marvell

Creative Team

Director-Max Lewendel
Production Manager-Lucy Winston
Stage Manager-Andy Baker
Assistant Stage Manager-Annette Barker
Sound-James Rowles
Lighting-Nick Mogg
Sound & Lighting Assistant-Paul Levy
Properties-Sheelagh Mogg
Sheila Grimmant
Sue Hantke
Wardrobe-Tiffany Breeze
Yvonne Bartlett
Set Design-Rosemary Bianchi
Rehearsal Prompt-Carolyne Mitchell

Performances

Friday 27th September – Saturday 5th October 2019

Friday 27th September8.00pm 
Saturday 28th September8.00pm 
Monday 30th September8.00pm 
Tuesday 1st October8.00pm 
Wednesday 2nd October8.00pm 
Thursday 3rd October8.00pm 
Friday 4th October8.00pm 
Saturday 5th October2.30pm 
Saturday 5th October8.00pm 

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