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The Crucible

Thu 19th Mar 2015

Attending a school production of such a serious play as The Crucible by Arthur Miller may give one cause for a great deal of trepidation. With this production, however, all fears were firmly cast aside. From the first scene, the audience was on the edge of their seats. All of the actors embodied their characters fully. We wanted to hiss and shout at the Rev Parris (Ollie Flood). The way he transformed into the sniveling monster that he portrayed. Those sweet innocent faces of the manipulative Abigail & co with their demonic power, (Lauryn Canny, Sophie Thompson, Lizzie Connor and Megan Moran), and that scene where they mimicked and uttered incantations on Mary Warren (Clarabelle Murphy) was utterly captivating - the lighting brilliantly adding to the drama. We all felt the sadness for John Proctor (Liam Murray) when the enormity of the losses and the deceit weighed so heavily on his shoulders. All of the performances were excellent and totally compelling. Jack Kyle as the Rev John Hale transformed on stage from the self righteous busy body to the humbled and morally awakened clergy man. His younger brother, Calum, flawlessly played the right-on and very annoying Ezekiel Cheever. Aisling Duruibe was full of life and energy as Tituba - so tragic with her dreams of Barbados. Andrew Dancey as the fumbling, despicable, bureaucratic face of the small minded judge was very convincing . The choreographed stage direction was excellent in the scene where Rev Parris constantly interrupts him. . Alex Joyce played a most noble role as landowner, Giles Corey. Jenny Olatunji gave a gentle but straight performance as the innocent but nonetheless lethal accuser, Mrs Ann Putnam. The accents throughout were authentic and consistent. The costumes were rustic, well researched and very apt for the period. The make-up was impeccable - all aging well and eyes becoming more dark shadowed as the harrowing narrative of the play progressed. The set was a stroke of genius - so simple with a silhouette of a hanging tree. The play was directed to a breathtaking standard by Andrew Deacon who was assisted by Andrew Whiteside. A mighty production, it could go to the West End, stand among the best of them and be proud.

  • The Crucible