The Crucible Director Yael Farber (left) avers in this quoted excerpt from her article in The Independent about The Crucible production at The Old Vic:
“Working in the round at the Old Vic offers a unique opportunity to enter the arena – and witness the reconstitution of the individual in the form of John Proctor. With the audience seated all around us, we literally face ourselves. Like a hall of mirrors, in-the-round theatre is an evocative ritual of reckoning with the self. The beauty of the ancient arenas and circular fires around which stories were once told, is that no one is excused from the conversation. We are a part of the transmission.”
For more of Yael Farber’s interesting article (image of The Crucible’s John Proctor (right) as searingly portrayed by the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage as The Crucible audience attendees tweet most praisingly, visit (Thanks to RANet for the article link!):
Having attended numerous stage productions over my lifetime, there have been several instances where I was sitting so close to the action that I felt even more intimately connected with the action before me. And sometimes, my husband and I were attending a performance wherein one of our college friends appeared in a university or community production of several Shakespeare plays, Bus Stop, 1776, Hello Dolly, or some surreal reworking of A Doll’s House, etc.–making us feel even more connected to the play or musical before us. But most of the time, we do not necessarily know the actors before us when we attend a production.
However the intimacy of being in close proximity to the actors and the action on the stage draws you in compellingly. It is difficult to remain unaffected. And that seems to be the hoped for outcome of The Old Vic’s current production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible–to be affected. And based on the numerous tweets of theatre goers, The Crucible’s excellent cast and creatives are achieving that goal. Bravo and brava!