Thurs 10 Oct
Wrongfully condemned and outcast from society, a poor weaver, eaten up with bitterness and anger, becomes a doomed miser and recluse, until he is forced to take in a young orphan girl. Their mutual friendship leads to joy, love and his redemption.
Silas Marner, the great Victorian epic novel, is thrillingly and theatrically brought to the stage in the bicentenary year of George Eliot’s birth by the acclaimed Worthing-based Conn Artists Theatre Company, following on from their hit productions of The Four Men, The Importance of Being Oscar and The Good Doctor.
The heart moving action, set in the early years of the 19th century, is performed by an ensemble cast of seven actors accompanied by music and songs of the period and featuring Ross Muir as Silas Marner.
Reviews from the opening performances.....
★★★★★ The Argus
“Muir, in the title role, gave a magnificently nuanced performance, moving through a range of emotions culminating in a thundering rage when Eppie, the child that he raised, is to be taken from him. His subsidence into tears, when she elects to stay with him, was most moving.”
★★★★Theatre South East:
“It is, in my opinion, the company’s best work to date”
“not only did I leave feeling inspired, it also left me feeling very proud to see such fantastic work created in Worthing”
“Strong, vivid and emotional storytelling”
“Talented company revive physical theatre-informed adaptation of George Eliot classic”
Silas Marner is in two acts. Act one is 1 hour 10 minutes. Act two is 50 minutes. There will be an interval of 20 minutes.
Silas Marner is a GCSE set text on Edexcel, WJEC and Eduqas schools examination boards