“They had entered the thorny wilderness, and the golden gates of their childhood had for ever closed behind them.”
Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, Maggie Tulliver worships her brother Tom and is desperate to win the approval of her parents, but her passionate, wayward nature and her fierce intelligence bring her into constant conflict with her family.
As she reaches adulthood, the clash between their expectations and her desires is painfully played out as she finds herself torn between her relationships with three very different men: her proud and stubborn brother Tom; hunchbacked Phillip Wakem, the son of her family’s worst enemy; and the charismatic yet dangerous Stephen Guest.
With its poignant portrayal of sibling relationships, ‘The Mill on the Floss’ is considered George Eliot’s most autobiographical novel. In this fluid and visceral re-imagining, playwright Helen Edmundson turns George Eliot’s unforgettable story of first love, sibling rivalry and regret into a wonderfully theatrical examination of the psyche of one of classic literature’s most charismatic heroines. A chance to see the stars of tomorrow today as they tour Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.
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