The hanging tree represents the forest which Salem is surrounded by; it was believed to be the devils land. The stones which are bound at the ‘roots’ of the tree represents the 10 commandments, as each commandment is broken, stones crumble through the cracks in the rope. The scale and suspension of the tree express the weight of fear and hysteria constantly pressing down upon the village. The textured design of the cyclorama illustrates ‘The Salem Witch Trials’ being a scar in history. Due to the curved surface of the cyclorama, the shadows of the tree are distorted throughout the play, giving an eerie and powerful atmosphere.
All costumes are uniformed representing the character’s strict and solemn lifestyle, along with informing the audience of their role within this world. The characters in the play strongly believe in witch craft, to make the audience understand this belief, physical representations of witchcraft will intermittently appear throughout the production.
Nottingham Playhouse Prize 2018