On 24th October, I accompanied 13 of our A-Level students to Rose Bruford College to watch their performance of Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible.
The play was performed in their beautiful theatre-in-theround by final year actors and produced by creative theatre arts and technical theatre students, guided by a professional director and designers. It was an amazing performance of ‘The Crucible’ . We were all overwhelmed with the extraordinarily high quality performances by the actors, which we felt were better than anything we have seen on the West End stages. It truly enhanced the students’ perceptions of the ‘dramatic effects’ created by the language in the play – the A2 examination question. The students did not stop talking about the performance all the way home!
- Mrs Christou
Here is Brittney Stewart's take on the trip and play:
‘The Crucible’ conforms to the typical conventions of a tragedy. It subliminally epitomizes the starting events of the Cold War in 1950’s (around the time the play was written). Elements of the era of McCarthyism are prominent throughout Miller’s play, he conveys this through the lack of a proper justice system in the Puritan society of late 17th Century Salem.
Sitting in an ‘In-the-round’ staged theatre at Rose Bruford College was an interesting experience. Having been to the University for the first time, I initially expected an amateur performance, with actors aspiring to be professionals. (Boy, was I wrong!) The de-saturated lighting set the tone of the play; however it did come across as foreboding in some scenes. Nevertheless, it still managed to portray the themes depicted in the play, such as death and adulterated love. I particularly liked the use of limited props and the wooden beams above the staging. Despite the glum atmosphere, it did illustrate the setting that Arthur Miller displays in his writing.
Additionally, I was impressed by some of the actors’ interpretations of the characters in the play. Edward Weaver’s portrayal of Danforth was exciting and thrilling to watch. The dominance and lack of emotion that Miller explicitly sets out in the play, through the language used, was definitely projected in Weaver’s performance.
The acting, incorporated with the music, lighting and other theatrical effects, allowed the audience to be stimulated; hence I thoroughly enjoyed Rose Bruford’s production of the ‘The Crucible’.
- Brittney Stewart, Year 13