A performance of Arthur Miller's,
The Crucible, written in 1953 during the McCarthy
era in the US.
Aviva Burnstock playing Mary Warren,
with Chris Pittard as John Proctor and Chris Forsey
as Proctor's goodwife, Elizabeth.
There was some really passionate acting,
most notably from Chris, and the play got good reviews
from the audiences. Three lines used to trip us
up in rehearsal though, and had us a bit toey on
Garth Wright only had one line to
memorise, but legend has it that at least once he
blurted out, 'The Guputy Devenor has arrived.'
We also had to keep a straight face
whenever Chris delivered his stinging dismissal,
'A fart on Thomas Putnam'.
But the one that caused us no end
of problems in rehearsal was when Andrew Pannell,
playing Judge Thomas Danforth, would thunder in
stentorian tones, 'Do you doubt my puberty?' The
word Miller penned was 'probity', but we all preferred
Leigh Svendsen, who played the spurned
Abigail, just reminded me of another funny ad lib.
When Chris said to Kit Durre (as Reverend Parris),
'I like not the smell of this authority', Kit was
prone to reply plaintively, 'But I use a deodorant!'