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REVIEW: The Crucible at the Everyman Theatre


REVIEW: The Crucible at the Everyman Theatre

The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller is based on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. A community is plagued by stories of witchcraft and accusations and denials amongst the local ensue. It was written in 1953 as a reaction to McCarthyism (the political stance of US Senator Joseph McCarthy when thousands of American were accused of being communists without substantial evidence and ostracised as a result). This play has therefore become a statement for political unrest in later years, depicting the hysteria that can result when conflicting emotions get out of hand.

The Crucible is performed by an excellent cast all bringing their own unique elements to the play. The girls accused of witchcraft bring an air of did they, didn’t they? to the performance which keeps you on your toes throughout. The kindly Reverend Hale (Charlie Condou) is the man appointed to try and make sense of it all and his frustrations become more evident as the play progresses. Eoin Slattery is excellent in his portrayal of John Proctor, the strong willed local farmer trying desperately to keep things under control. His passionate performance of a man trying to protect his community and his wife are complimented by Victoria Yeates as his wife ‘Goodey’ Elizabeth Proctor.

This is an intense and dramatical piece of theatre which is brought together with a very strong cast from the Sell a Door Theatre Company. 


The Crucible runs until Saturday 25 March.


Explore Gloucestershire
21 March 2017


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