Witches Can't Be Burned Performed by Edinburgh Youth Theatre

By Silva Semerciyan

Premieres Thu 10 June, 7pm

Coming soon


Performed by Edinburgh Youth Theatre

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 have won the schools Playfest competition, three years in a row, by selecting recognised classics from the canon and producing them at an exceptionally high level, it’s a tried and trusted formula. With straight A’s student and drama freak, Anuka cast as Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the school seem to be well on course for another triumph, which would be a record. What could possibly go wrong?

However, as rehearsals gain momentum, Anuka has an epiphany. An experience resulting in her asking searching questions surrounding the text, the depiction and perception of female characters, the meaning of loyalty, and the values and traditions underpinning the very foundations of the school. Thus, 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 Miller’s fictionalized Salem.

Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK's most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.

This performance is part of theNational Theatre Connections Festival - a celebration of young people, theatremaking and the importance of access to the arts.

Photography by Ekua King. Design by National Theatre Graphic Design Studio

The National Theatre's Partner for Learning is Bank of America

Connections is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Buffini Chao Foundation, The EBM Charitable Trust, The Broughton Family Charitable Trust, The Peter Cundill Foundation, CHK Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Katie Bradford Arts Trust, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, Sherling Charitable Trust, Mulberry Trust, and The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation


  • PerformersLucy, Char, Max, Miya, Lilly Mc, Greta, Olly, Joe, Ishbel, Ruby, Lily M, Carla, Ailsa & Alex
  • DirectorDerek Mcghie
  • Assistant DirectorGreta McMillan
  • DOP and EditorRuth Barrie
  • ProducerShauna Macdonald
  • Art DepartmentCaitlyn McFarlane
  • Student SupportNick Alban
  • Drama AssistantKatie Fraser

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