Review: Abigail, The Space online

Fury Theatre’s Abigail poses an interesting ‘what if’ by following Abigail Williams after the end of The Crucible but the play doesn’t quite follow through

“I was just a girl…”

Ever wondered what happened to Abigail Williams after the end of The Crucible? Writers Stephen Gillard and Laura Turner clearly did as their new play for Fury Theatre explores just that as we follow her and best pal Mercy Lewis as they flee the Salem Witch Trials and try to start a new life in an society so unforgiving towards young women.

Abigail certainly arrives with an intriguing concept. And its intentions in focusing on her as a person as opposed to the trials per se are certainly admirable. But it is hard not see a disconnect between not wanting to fully interrogate the actions that had so horrific and fatal an impact whilst exploring Abigail anew as a character. The result is a thematic generalisation which dulls the play’s edge. Continue reading “Review: Abigail, The Space online”