Play for the Times

“I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it.”

― Arthur Miller, The Crucible

‘The Crucible’, a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller, still resonates today. The historical drama is based on the Salem witch trials that took place during 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were accused of witchcraft with 20 of those accused, executed.

Both our Year 12 Advanced and Standard English classes are studying the play. On 12 March 2020, our students attended a live performance at the Seymour Centre.

Mrs Rosanne Kinmond, SGCS English Coordinator explained why ‘The Crucible’ was selected for study:

The Crucible’ has strong historical context, highlighting the depth of human experience. The themes explored, remain relevant today, especially in light of the recent #MeToo movement.  The play, whilst complex in text, is accessible to a wide range of students, which is why we chose to allow both the Advanced and Standard English classes to study it. It has been a very interesting experience for all concerned