Witches Can't be Burned


By Silva Semerciyan

If you keep on doing the same thing over and over again, you’ll keep on getting the same results time and time again.

St. Paul’s has won the Playfest competition three years in a row by selecting recognised classics and producing them just as the masters intended. It’s a tried and trusted formula. With straight-A student and drama nerd Anuka cast as Abigail Williams in The Crucible, the school seems on course for a record-breaking triumph. What could possibly go wrong?

But as rehearsals gain momentum, Anuka has an epiphany and starts to question the text. The scene is set for a confrontation of epic proportions as Anuka seeks to break with tradition before tradition breaks her, and all young women like her, and reality begins to take on the ominous hue of Arthur Miller’s fictionalised Salem.


Presented by Queensland Theatre's Young Artists' Performance Ensemble


Director: Zoë Tuffin

Assistant Director: Flynn Hall

Lighting Design: Andrew (Panda) Haden

Sound Design: Isabella Hall

Stage Manager: Lucy Kelland

Cast: Bianca Andreo-Tuma, Caitlin Brough, Eirwen Carew, Tun Chun, Rocco D’Arro, Matthew Ianna, Toby Keir, Scott Kift, Zoe King, Luca Klarwein, Maddison Malcolm, Allegra Marino, Lucy McMillan, Eloise Molloy, Declan Mount, Alistair Nicol, Ella Patchett, Ava Ryan, Zak Trevillion, Olivia Ullman, Georgie Watson, Luca Willmer Galt, Jack Winrow

A Queensland Theatre Production, Diane Cilento Studio, Queensland Theatre, 2021