Season 68

Salem

By David Calcutt
30 March - 1 April, 2017

Cast

Synopsis

In early 1692, Betty Parris and Abigail Williams (the daughter and niece of Samuel Parris, the new Minister) became ill. The girls screamed, contorted their bodies into peculiar positions, uttered strange noises and appeared to hallucinate. The doctor attending them, finding no obvious cause, diagnosed bewitchment. At this time, there was a strong belief in witches and the idea that innocents were possessed by the devil terrified the local community. Rivalries over land, warring tribes, and controversy surrounding the new Minister (who was thought by some to be greedy and of overly-rigid opinions) also contributed to an atmosphere of fear and suspicion which was then attributed to the work of the Devil. A stream of accusations followed, resulting in the public execution of many innocent people. Numerous hypotheses have been put forward as to the cause of the girls’ symptoms; the most convincing being poisoning from ergot fungus (found in wheat, rye and grasses). Many of the people involved in the trials and executions publicly admitted their grave errors and several years later the good names of those accused were restored by a bill passed by the colony with some monetary restitution made to their heirs. However, it took until 1957 for Massachusetts to formally apologise for these horrific events.  


Cast

Samuel Parris
MATTHEW PERKINS
Elizabeth Parris
ALICE MAYNARD
Thomas Putnam
BEN PEARSON
Tituba
LYDIA AITKEN
Mary Warren
DAISY SMITH
Betty Parris
MARTHA EDWARDS
Abigail Williams
DAISY BENSON
Ann Putnam
MATILDA STOTHARD
Mercy Lewis
ALYSSA KEENE
Mary Walcott
SARAH-JANE AKERS
Abigail Hobbs
ELIZABETH JONES
Sarah Good
SARAH PALEY
Dorcas Good
RUBY STEAD
Isaac Easty
OWEN WRAY
Francis Nurse
OLIVER WINDER
Peter Cloyce
IASSAC HARRISON
Joseph Putnam
THEO CONNOLLY
Jonathan Walcott
JACOB LEEMING
Wm Shakespeare
JAMIE TSE
Shakespeare Snr
MATTHEW PERKINS
John Hathorne
SAM PERKINS
Nicholas Noyes
GABE BOWDEN
Jonathan Corwin
ELLIOT MAWSON
Mary Easty
SOPHIE TANKARD
Sarah Cloyce
FRANCESCA MURRAY
Rebecca Nurse
MOLLY INGHAM
Susannah Martin
KATY MCENHILL
John Proctor
DANIEL BURNISTON
Sheriff
SAM CHEWINS & LEO DAVIS
Sheriff’s Assistant
GABRIEL BEAUMONT
Director
SALLY EDWARDS

Chorus

Ellie Aitken
Gabriel Beaumont
Freddie Bullock
Daniel Burniston
Sam Chewins
Keir Claxton
Phoebe Cookson
Henry Cotson
Leo Davis
Beth Edwards
Millie Fearnley
Amelia Fullerton
Genevieve Gaul
Oliver Hardaker
Edwin Hughes
Saffron Ingham
Keira Howard
Beth Low
Marianna Low
Eleanor Maynard
Martha Maynard
Charlotte McEnhill
Lexie McKerchar
Anna Myatt-Turner
Ted Pedley
Nathan Pickstone
Ben Potter
Rebecca Potter
Alicia Rhodes
Daisy Smith
Ruby Stead
Nancy Wilson


Director's Notes

The 2017 Kaleidoscope production turns to a rather more sinister subject than last year’s Nil Desperandum. Many of our audience will be familiar with the subject matter through Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, which was partly fictionalised and written as an allegory for McCarthyism in the 1950s. This play however, is based solely on historical fact and is written specifically for a large youth cast to explore the dangers of crowd mentality and the mass hysteria of a community. Despite being based on events over 300 years ago, the themes of irrational fear of strangers and difference, greed and extremism are, unfortunately, still very relevant today – a fact that has certainly not been lost on our cast as we have been preparing for performance. Despite the serious nature of the play, we have enjoyed ourselves in rehearsal and had some interesting discussions along the way.


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