A Question To Anyone who's Been In the Crucible

  • Peter McCrohon

    Actor

    My sister has just been cast in "The Crucible" so I'd like to ask anyone who's been in a production before, a question about accents. I note the recent R.S.C production has been criticised in some quarters regarding this. In the film, Day Lewis has an accent approaching Irish whereas Peter Vaughan sounds West Country; the American actors mostly keep their existing accents. I realise America was the new world and that settlers came from all over Europe, but what would be most correct for New England puritans of that period?

    • 27th Mar 2006
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  • John Garfield-Roberts

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    i did the crucible while studying, and from our extensive researcha nd belive me we had to do it, found that the earliest settlers were from the west country, so we had to perform in a west country accent! but i supose does it really matter? it all depends on the context and the way the director sees it i suppose

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Yeah this is a difficult one actually. I've seen it done in west-country accents but also in cockney ones. Its 17th century America so is definitely not supposed to be performed in the American accents that we know today as these hadn't developed yet. It is supposed to be performed in the British accents of the time and I suppose that lines like 'Did you not tell me that Mary Warren were sick in bed...' lend themselves more to a west country accent. Hope this helps, K

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    We used west country accents. I played Rev. John Hale, so the people who played the judges and myself had to have a less thick accent than everyone else as we were supposed to be more educated.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Peter McCrohon

    Actor

    Very many thanks to Monsta, kellie & Chris. Glad to see there was a uniform answer. I shall pass this info on to my sister. Good health and good spirits to you all. P.S-Can't imagine a cockney Crucible, sounds a bit Eastenders!

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Can just see Dot as Goody Proctor butI have to say that the cockney one was an amateur production and the west country one was pro. At least I think they were doing cockney accents but it dipped in and out to be honest...

    • 1st Jun 2006
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