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The Crucible Development Evaluation of Performance Using Picture Stimulus One of the tasks of the workshop was to create a performance that lasted up to 5 minutes from a selection of pictures used as a stimulus. The pictures were all linked to witchcraft, the main theme of 'The Crucible' and ranged from a more fashionable and modern take to witchcraft to a traditional pagan pentagram. The picture stimulus that my group decided to use was the illustration of a 'Dunking Chair', a piece of apparatus used in the late 1600's and early 1700's to test if suspected witches were guilty or innocent of witchcraft. We created a piece of drama set in the modern day with pupils at a secondary school visiting a museum that is exhibiting a display of ancient witchcraft tests such as the dunking chair, and spell books etc. ...read more.


The dunking chair showed that the public were willing to commit acts of torture to suspected witches without any solid evidence that they had done anything wrong. This is present within 'The Crucible' as Giles Corey is slowly pressed to death because he won't plead guilty. Evaluation of Contemporary Scene Our final task was to create a short piece of drama based on an issue from 'The Crucible'. Our group decided to use the issues of adultery and accusations. In our play the action revolved around Adam and Rebecca, a young, married couple, Rebecca's work friend Sam and Adam's two brothers, Sebastian and Rob. We used dramatic irony to show that whilst Adam was accusing Rebecca's friend Sam of having an affair with his wife, Rebecca was sleeping with his brother in Adam's bed. After discovering that Sam was in fact gay, Adam writes up a divorce settlement and hands it over to Rebecca at her birthday meal at which the truth about Rebecca's affair comes out. ...read more.


This also showed within our performance as there was one particular scene where there was a prolonged darkness that affected the ending of our play. By creating our own performance based on an issue from 'The Crucible', our understanding of some of the character's actions was furthered. For example, by basing our play around adultery we can understand more why John Proctor was tempted into having an affair with Elizabeth as were two of the characters tempted by Rebecca in our play. How the Workshop Helped You Understand the Play Overall I believe that the workshop really deepened our understanding of the play and the characters actions and thoughts. From understanding the paranoia of witchcraft created by the church to realising why John Proctor had an affair with Elizabeth. Furthermore, the workshop allowed us to broaden our opinions on the play by allowing us to hear the whole group's opinions of the play. This was achieved throughout the workshop and for this reason; I believe the workshop was extremely successful. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sam Kimish ...read more.

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