Keele Drama Society’s first play of the year for 2017/18 is The Crucible by Arthur Miller. However this production is not a traditional version of the story, but rather a retelling of the Salem witch-hunt set inside a 20th century school. Restaging the play in this manner was a challenge, as it meant that every detail barring the script had to be changed, from costumes to props to set, even the relationships between characters are different in this version compared to how one would normally expect to find them. Luckily for us, our wonderful cast was more than up for this challenge and have exceeded our expectations with flying colours. In just a few short weeks our group of 20 thespians have breathed new life into a classic play. The atmosphere at rehearsals has been fantastic since we started at the beginning of October, and the relationships between cast members have only gotten stronger over the past month. As I’m sure you can imagine, having just a month to rehearse and perfect a play of this magnitude is no easy feat, and it’s something we wouldn’t have been able to achieve without every single person who’s been involved. Although to say that the entire show has come together in just a month would be to do it an injustice: work on blocking this play began all the way back in August, and the idea for this retelling had been in director Hannah Hobson’s head for even longer than that. Directing the Crucible has been an amazing journey, and whilst I won’t pretend that it hasn’t had its stressful moments, I am immensely proud of the final product and I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve been working so hard on.