Sixth Form Production of The Crucible
A dark and chilling production of Arthur Miller’s classic play was performed at The Stamford Corn Exchange over three nights in March. The cast of young actors from SES Sixth Form rose admirably to the task of performing Miller’s weighty and demanding text in a manner which both entertained and challenged its audience. The Crucible depicts the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials of 1692/93. An isolated community in the British colony of Massachusetts is shaken by accusations of witchcraft: accusation quickly becomes persecution as the proper apparatus of justice are vitiated by religious dogma and absolutism; before long, the community lies in tatters, its remnants cowed beneath the spectre of the gallows. In this production, the conflict of zeal, rationality, faith and scepticism is brought to life by an incredible cast of talented young actors. Performance and characterisation were defined by a degree of maturity and subtlety seldom required of student actors, with individual moments of passion and intensity consistently underscored by a brooding atmosphere of tension. The SES Drama department are incredibly grateful to all of the cast and crew, as well as the staff at the Corn Exchange, for their work and support for this production.