Arthur Miller borrows material from the Salem Witch Trials of 1792-3 for The Crucible and writes a drama that is particularly well suited to our times. The judges prefer beliefs and hearsay to evidence and argument, trumping justice in favour of vested interests. This production, directed by David Barnett, takes the politics of the play seriously and applies Brechtian approaches to expose the mechanisms driving the hysteria. Audiences can expect a different kind of Crucible from the more naturalistic productions that usually grace the British stage.
David Barnett is Professor of Theatre at the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television. His work focusses on German theatre, with a particular interest in the Brechtian tradition of making theatre politically. David Barnett has also written widely on postdramatic and experimental theatre, play texts and directing.
At present, David Barnett is completing a large project supported by the AHRC on Brecht in theory and practice in which he is applying Brecht’s dialectical approach to plays that have not been written in the Brechtian tradition. After staging Patrick Marber’s Closer in 2016, the project currently explores The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
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