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THE CRUCIBLE (article first published : 2008-05-12)

The DUT is to stage The Crucible, the iconic Arthur Miller play written in the early 1950s which comes to the Courtyard Theatre on DUT campus from May 21.

The Crucible is set against the backdrop of US society at the time of McCarthyism when the government rampantly and neurotically blacklisted alleged accused communists. Miller himself was victim to interrogation by the House of Representative committee on un-American activities in 1956. The play debuted on Broadway in 1953 to hostile reviews. Less than a year later, it was re-scripted and became a classic. Today it is studied at tertiary level internationally as a profound work of theatre and fascinating study of political events of the 50’s America. The play as been adapted twice for the medium of film– most recently featuring Paul Schofield, Daniel Day Lewis and a youthful Winona Ryder.

The story revolves around the notorious Salem witch trials which examine inexplicable hysteria among a group of young Southern women - implicating witchcraft. The deeply symbolic story is set midst a close-knit fragile community and touches on issues of Christianity, lies, infidelity, deceit, slavery, voodoo, violence and intolerance.

This version is directed by Allan Auld and features students from the ever-hardworking DUT Department of Television, Drama and Production Studies.

The Crucible, runs from May 21 to 24 May at 19h00 nightly in the Courtyard Theatre, Durban University of Technology, Mansfield Road. Bookings through Ronicka Sirputh on 031 373 2194. There is secure parking at Gate No. 4 opposite the Courtyard Theatre.




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