“Until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven,” Arthur Miller, The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witchhunt of 1692 - ‘one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history’ - and the McCarthyism which gripped America in the 1950s.

The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.

In this new interpretation of the play, Islesburgh Drama Group reimagines the town of Salem in a familiar landscape of a small island community in 1600s Scotland and explores how the themes are as relevant today as when the play was written over 60 years ago.

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