I was recently asked to photograph the final dress rehearsal of The Crucible, by Arthur Miller at the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft. This is the latest production by The Quaysiders, and once again they have excelled themselves with a fantastic performance. The dark and sombre atmosphere was captured perfectly and the cast made some stand-out performances and monologues. Coincidentally, “The Crucible” was the first production I saw at the Seagull in the early 1980’s.
The story is based on the events of infamous Salem Witch Trials in New England in the late 17th Century. These trials resulted in 20 people being executed for witchcraft. Lowestoft is also linked to these events, as the trials and subsequent executions of Rose Cullender and Amy Denny directly influenced the events leading to the witch trials in the American Colony. It was also intended as an allegory for the hysteria of the McCarthy Communist witch hunts of the 1950’s, which Miller himself was questioned over.
I particularly enjoyed shooting this rehearsal and hope you think that the resulting images bear this out. There are some studies in this gallery that I feel really captured the mood of the play. If you would like your rehearsal or live performance covered, headshots or publicity photographs, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.