Witches can't be burned

Semerciyan, S (2020) 'Witches can't be burned.' In: National Theatre Connections 2020: plays for young people. Methuen Drama, London. ISBN 9781350161009

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Abstract

If you keep on doing the same thing, over and over again, you’ll keep on getting the same results, time and time again. St. Paul’s have won the schools Playfest competition, three years in a row, by selecting recognised classics from the canon and producing them at an exceptionally high level, it’s a tried and trusted formula. With straight A’s student and drama freak, Anuka cast as Abigail Williams in 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller, the school seem to be well on course for another triumph, which would be a record. What could possibly go wrong? However, as rehearsals gain momentum, Anuka has an epiphany. An experience resulting in her asking searching questions surrounding the text, the depiction and perception of female characters, the meaning of loyalty, and the values and traditions underpinning the very foundations of the school. Thus, the scene is set for a confrontation of epic proportions as Anuka seeks to break with tradition, before tradition breaks her and all young women like her and reality begins to take on the ominous hue of Miller’s fictionalized Salem.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
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National Theatre Connections is an annual festival which brings new plays for young people to schools and youth theatres across the UK and Ireland. 'Witches can't be burned' is one of nine new plays by some of the UK's most prolific and current writers and artists included in this volume alongside notes on each of the texts exploring performance for schools and youth groups.

Divisions: Bath School of Music & Performing Arts
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