How do you make Arthur Miller’s classic play The Crucible speak to a new audience in a new voice? Join director Mark Radvan on a journey into a haunting new vision of the play set in a world of repression, control and rebellion, an interpretation of the play that connects it to Tahrir Square, the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall St and the Greek Riots.
In a spartan space, stripped to a few chairs and a couple of tables, the crucible as a metaphor for a testing ground, an interrogation of what it is to be human, is explored in scenes of mounting intensity and strangeness. The full force of Miller’s critique of 1950′s McCarthyism is now turned into a contemporary world of terror, surveillance and judicial illogic, drawing a fresh line from the Salem Witch Trials to the House Committee for Un-American Activities to the political crises of the twenty-first century. Using physicalisation techniques developed and tested over the last ten years, Radvan will work with third year acting students to construct a world of rich humanity, surprising beauty and almost unbearable intensity.
What price integrity? Never has this question mattered more.