Maggie Tulliver grows up in a provincial English town where her quick imagination and intelligence are stifled. Her story spans fifteen years and begins when Maggie is nine years old. Both Maggie Tulliver and George Eliot were women ahead of their time. At the time of publishing under her pseudonym, George Eliot, no one suspected her gender because the writing was considered too good to be written by a woman.
OpticNerve weaves this tale for both women highlighting the collision of opposites and the tension between inner and outer forces. The intense physicality of the work becomes a language of innermost thoughts and emotions where 8 actors playing 17 characters promise a world of haunting resonance and mesmerizing moments.
The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot
Adapted by Helen Edmundson
By arrangement with THE AGENCY (London) Ltd
Directed by Tanya Gerstle
Lighting Designed by Lucy Birkinshaw of Filament Design Group
Set Designed & Constructed by Stewart Campbell of Filament Design Group
Assistant Director Cathy Hunt
Sound Design Russell Goldsmith and Tom Backhaus
Voice and Dialect Coach Geraldine Cook
Costumes by Yahav Ron
Performers Zahra Newman, Grant Cartwright, Luisa Hastings Edge, Tom Heath, Rosie Lockhart, George Lingard, James O'Connell and Maddie Nunn