The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a fictional play based on the Salem witch trials which took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. It tells the story of a village that becomes embroiled in a witch hunt. The people of Salem live in a constant state of fear as more and more people are accused of witchcraft.
Miller was drawn to the subject of the Salem witch trials after his close friend, director Elia Kazan, testified to the House Un-American Activities Committee and named seventeen people as communists. When the play premiered audience saw the parallels between The Crucible and the McCarthy Investigations.
“The Crucible. Thursday 21st May. This is the first time we have been in the Barony Theatre and we loved it. What a great theatre, has a very old school (pardon the pun) feel about it and is wonderful because of this. The play, one of my favourites from school, was superbly and energetically staged and performed. The acting was excellent, full of vim and vigor. You could see how much work and time the players had invested in this piece. Just a wonderful evening out. Thank you.”
“It was brilliant last night. Just brilliant. Well done everyone. What a talented bunch – on stage and behind the scenes”
“Oh my God amazing loved it lived it”
“Loved the performance last night. It was wonderful. Well done to all those involved!”
“Extremely powerful performance from all the cast at last night’s open dressed rehearsal, I was one of the lucky ones to have caught this powerful dark henry miller play, don’t miss it folks the cast and crew deserve good audiences, well done Wendy I was well impressed not the norm but gripping from start to finish, well done Barony Players.”