Silas Marner – the Immigrant

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Synopsis

Silas Marner – the Immigrant, a stage play based on the novel ‘Silas Marner – the weaver of Raveloe’ by George Eliot.

At the beginning of the Nineteenth Century in Manchester, Silas is framed for stealing the church funds. Proclaimed guilty, and heartbroken after his fiancée’s rejection of him, he leaves home behind, and heads south to the Midlands.He lives as a linen weaver and a recluse, hoarding the gold coins he earns, only to have them stolen from him. One night, a child, abandoned by her dying, opium-addicted mother in the snow, wanders into Silas’ house. Deciding to keep the child, his life completely alters. He’s been robbed of his gold, but it’s returned to him in the form of golden-haired Eppie.

However, when Eppie grows to be a teenager, a fight for paternity ensues between the rich local landowner and Silas. She chooses Silas over wealth and privilege, and helps him integrate into village society. Never able to clear up the details of the initial robbery, caring for Eppie provides joy for her, for Silas and everyone in the village.

The strong realism of George Eliot’s third novel results in a sophisticated examination of migration, community, religion, class and money – and of one man’s value and morality.

Casting: This adaptation is suitable for a cast of 8 or more. It was originally written for a cast of 8.

Setting: Multi-locational.

Selected Reviews

I have just put down Silas Marner and am still mopping away the tears. I have always loved the story and your treatment is terrific.

David GilmoreDirector/Producer

Unpublished.

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