Adapted from the novel by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) by Helen Edmundson. OpticNerve Performance Group. Theatre Works, Acland Street, St Kilda (VIC). 28 July – 13 August 2016.
On a bare stage, eight actors, dressed simply in white, skirts for the women, grey jackets for the men, play fourteen clearly demarcated characters. With these apparently – but only apparently – simple means, director Tanya Gerstle brilliantly creates a contemporary interpretation of a much loved, classic 19th century novel. We are in Lincolnshire, we are back in the 19th century at a mill on the (fictitious) River Floss. A bright, curious, highly intelligent and adventurous nine-year-old, Maggie Tulliver (Maddie Nunn), reads vora