Conn Artists and The George Eliot Fellowship Celebrate the Bicentenary of one of the Nation’s most Treasured Authors with a Regional Tour of Stage Play ‘Silas Marner’
 
Conn Artists Theatre Company in association with Worthing Theatres and The George Eliot Fellowship present their fresh and uplifting stage version of Silas Marner by George Eliot. They will be coming to The Theatre Royal Margate for one night only with a 7:30pm performance on Wednesday 9th October 2019.

The play tells the story of a poor weaver wrongfully condemned and outcast from society, who 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 Conn Artists Theatre Company, following on from their hit production of The Four Men.
 
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.
 
Silas Marner was originally adapted for the stage by Geoffrey Beevers from George Eliot’s novel of the same name. Originally created by Geoffrey for the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, this revival by Conn Artists Theatre Company is to tour the play regionally for the first time. Supported by Arts Council England, The George Eliot Fellowship and Worthing Theatres, the production will tour to 14 venues after the Connaught Theatre.
 
The story contains powerful and socially engaging themes relevant to audiences today including the integration of the lonely individual into the community and explores social cohesion; the goodness to be found in everyday human relations, the importance of acts of kindness between people; the pursuit of money not leading to happiness; adoption; and the chance of salvation from a point of spiritual despair. This is why Conn Artists have chosen to produce the piece as the issues explored are so topical especially when considering immigration, the break-up or loss of communities, more diverse and unconventional forms of family life; and today’s over-emphasis on the accumulation of wealth.
 
Director Nick Young, who trained as a director with the Royal Shakespeare Company says: “The stage version of Silas Marner is a wonderful opportunity for actors to create live theatre- its sounds and actions using the simplest of props to create a whole community and drama. Masks and puppets are used to enhance the production. The great range of three-dimensional characters, and the moral dilemmas faced by many of them, offers performers enormous scope, whilst at the same time creating an ensemble company.


“Silas Marner is a multi-faceted piece of work which draws the audience in, has them sitting on the edge of their seats, makes them worry about what will be the outcome of a situation, and allows them to rejoice in the ‘happily ever after’ conclusion, which has only been earned through the behaviour of the eponymous hero.” 
 

Tickets for Silas Marner are available from £13.00 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Margate box office on 01843 292795 and online at https://www.margate-live.com/

Tour information:

Thursday 26th September 7:30pm: Connaught Theatre, Worthing BN11 1LG www.worthingtheatres.co.uk

Friday 27th September 2:00pm & 7:30pm: Connaught Theatre, Worthing BN11 1LG www.worthingtheatres.co.uk

Saturday 28th September 7:30pm: Connaught Theatre, Worthing BN11 1LG www.worthingtheatres.co.uk

Monday 30th September 7:30pm: Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich NR2 1DR www.maddermarket.co.uk

 Tuesday 1st October 2:00pm & 7:30pm: Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich NR2 1DR www.maddermarket.co.uk

 Wednesday 2nd October 7:30pm: Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone ME14 1PL www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Hazlitt-Theatre

Thursday 3rd October 7:30pm: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant PO9 1BS www.thespring.co.uk

Friday 4th October 8:00pm: The Sherling Studio, Lighthouse Poole BH15 1UG www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Saturday 5th October 7:30pm: The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Bordon GU35 0LR www.phoenixarts.co.uk

Wednesday 9th October 7:30pm: Theatre Royal Margate, CT9 1PW

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Thursday 10th October 7:30pm: Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes MK14 6BN www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk

Friday 11th October 7:30pm: Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PF www.norden.farm

Saturday 12th October 7:30pm: Sussex Studio, White Rock Theatre Hastings TN34 1JX www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk

Sunday 13th October 7:30pm: The Capitol, Horsham RH12 1RG www.thecapitolhorsham.com

Tuesday 15th October 7:30pm: Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield S41 7TX www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk

Wednesday 16th October 2:00pm & 7:30pm: Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield S41 7TX www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk

Thursday 17th October 7:30pm: The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, N. Yorkshire www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk

Friday 18th October 2:00pm & 7:30pm: The Albany Theatre, Coventry CV5 6JQ www.albanytheatre.co.uk

Saturday 19th October 2:30pm & 7:30pm: The Albany Theatre, Coventry CV5 6JQ www.albanytheatre.co.uk

Cast, Creative Team and Show Information:

Show title: Silas Marner

Credit: Conn Artists Theatre Company in association with Worthing Theatres and The George Eliot Fellowship and supported by Arts Council England

Writer: George Eliot

Adapter: Geoffrey Beevers

Director: Nick Young

Producer: Ross Muir

Designer: Laura Kimber

Lighting Designer: Matthew Pike

Scenic Artist: Siobhan Gavin

Assistant Producer & Marketing Officer:  Judey Bignell

Graphic Designer: Richard Snaith

CAST:

Silas Marner: Ross Muir

Godfrey: Peter McCrohon

Squire Cass/Mr Macey: David Stephens

Dunsey/Aaron: Jake Snowdon

Nancy/Molly: Rachel Waters

Eppie: Evangeline Duncan

Dolly/Priscilla: Alexandra Parker

Total running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)

A company of seven actors perform Silas Marner in two acts.  Act one is 1 hour 10 minutes. Act two is 50 minutes. There will be an interval of 20 minutes.