‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller presented by Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts
In the insular, Puritan community of 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, a group of young girls are found dancing in the woods and immediately fall ill.
When no earthly cause can be determined, the citizens of Salem suspect that some more sinister force may be at hand. Long-held grudges turn to violent disputes, humiliating secrets are exposed, and the line between truth and pretence becomes increasingly blurry.
Arthur Miller’s parable of mass hysteria draws a savage parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692, and the McCarthyism that gripped America in the 1950s.
The play explores the mindless, hysterical persecution through ignorance, fear of ‘otherness’ and our capacity to serve ourselves above all others.
It remains as relevant as ever, and carries with it a stern warning: in every community torn by suspicion, the most dangerous threat may be the community itself.
Thursday 7th March 7pm
Friday 8th March 7pm
Thursday 14th March 7pm
Friday 15th March 7pm
Saturday 16th March 1pm
Saturday 16th March 7pm
Concession / Student: $18