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The Crucible

Friday, 10 August 2012


The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) presents 'The Crucible' by Pulitzer Prize- winning playwright and husband of Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge) at The Roundhouse Theatre from 24 August to 30 August 2012.

Miller's writing career spanned over seven decades and he is widely celebrated as being the leading writer of his generation. At the time of his death in 2005, he was hailed as the last great practitioner of the American stage.

Accomplished English actor and director Michael Jenn will return to WAAPA next month to direct Miller’s theatrical masterpiece, The Crucible. Jenn trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has starred in many films and television shows including Sherlock Holmes, Joan of Arc and The Bill. His directorial work includes The Trial, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

'The Crucible' is a finely crafted and emotionally charged account of the events that paralysed the small American village of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.

Petty rivalry and mistrust fuel an outbreak of religious mass-hysteria, with wild accusations turning neighbour against neighbour, friend against friend, and even child against child. In the ensuing witch-hunt, common sense is thrown out of the courtroom and replaced by fear and vengeance.

“It’s great to be back at WAAPA; to be working with such strong and committed young actors who seem to relish Miller’s superb writing, and to watch them realise his beautifully drawn, complex characters” – said Jenn.

“Michael is a very collaborative, imaginative director and a great educator” – Director of WAAPA, Professor Julie Warn

Starring third year WAAPA acting students, this thrilling and chilling portrayal of how religious fundamentalism can take hold of any society and destroy the lives of the innocent is not to be missed.

The Crucible
Fri 24, Sat 25, Sun 26, Mon 27, Tues 28, Thurs 29, Fri 30 August, 7.30pm
The Roundhouse Theatre, WAAPA
Tickets: Full - $30, Concession/Friends - $25

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