With original writing, directors will often tell you that the final draft of a new play is just the starting point for a show - not the final word. It is merely the beginnings before a larger collaborative process which will bring the production to stage. A line was distinctly drawn in 2004 which shook the performing arts industry to its very foundations. Author Marie Jones won sole copyright ownership of the play Stones in His Pockets after a court ruled that the show's original director, who contributed measurable additions to the script, had no claim as co-author.
Cast: Martin Marquez, Kate Phillips, Susie Trayling, Joseph Mydell, Alan Williams, Corinna Powlesland, Daniel Poyser, David Killick, Dominic Gately, Jim Bywater, Lynette Clarke, Marlene Sidaway, Steven Beard, Tim Chipping.
Director: James Brining
Writer: Arthur Miller
Theatre: West Yorkshire Playhouse
Start Date: September 29, 2014
End Date: October 25, 2014
This season sees Arthur Miller’s celebrated drama of social paranoia reinterpreted by the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Tracing the Salem witch trials of the 17th century, The Crucible is an allegorical protest and social commentary reflecting anxieties of the 1950s and beyond.
Abigail Williams is a girl who has been sexually awakened and rejected by her employer, John Proctor. When Williams and her friends are accused of practicing satanic crafts, Proctor is tangled in a dark web of accusation, sin and social cleansing. Soon his wife and dozens of townsfolk become embroiled through Williams’ vindictive manipulations, forcing Proctor make his own, ultimate sacrifice.
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