Despite this sort of first-hand inspiration, Crichton, who hails from St. James, admits that work on her script did not commence at once. “It took me a while,” she says. “And at first [White Witch] was written as a series of monologues.” Fast-forward and a revised version of Crichton’s work is brought to the attention of noted theatre director Douglas Prout, who whips into shape with the help of a team that includes actor and composer David Tulloch, transforming Crichton’s vision into a splendid theatrical production replete with powerful, universal themes, and heapings of rich music and arresting drama.
And how does Crichton feel about the play’s enormous success, which includes two Thespian Spirit Awards and a record-setting 13 Actor Boy trophies. “I am still speechless,” she says with a big smile. “And every time I pass the guest house I say ‘Annie, you not easy at all.’”