The Mill on the Floss was extracted from the novel by George Eliot and recently adapted by Helen Edmundson for Soulpepper. The play, which is set in the Victorian era, has a historical morals attached to it. These morals tend to revolve around the female sex and in this play Maggie, the daughter of a troubled mill owner. Maggie, being the lead character, carries the progression of the entire play. When Maggie falls the entire play seems to circle around the fall and the other characters go through the pain Maggie goes through the only difference being the different perspectives. The story puts across to the amateur theatre go-er a plot line as follows: “Girl falls in love with boy boy also loves girl and wants to make a relationship, girl can not because boy is the son of her families arch enemy, girl is torn by her decision…” Usually stories like these ends with the two getting together and being happy forever and ever or they end like Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare wit!
h both boy and girl die because of their love and devotion to one another. This play has neither; in fact this play has so much depth and significance relating back to the historical background of the time. In reality Maggie has nothing she is in a
There were a few chairs, a table and what seemed to catch most peoples eyes was the centrepiece of the stage, a raised table like block which could be used in a variety of ways as will be discussed later. The play had some of the best acting skills I have seen but the sometimes hard to follow plot that at times got so utterly complex I found myself praying that this play should end. He never married and only worked to restore the mill that his father dragged to bankruptcy. The first Maggie Torri Hinginson was fabulous; she portrayed the young Maggie perfectly and gave her an abundance of life and energy that only wanted to explore and read every book that she could get her hands on. The women wore long gowns and bonnets and the men wore frock coats and trousers. ------------------------------------------------------------------------BibliographyThe Mill on the Floss, directed by Robin Phillips. The costumes in the play were not anything extravagant but typical Victorian costumes. Tulliver) and the cousin of Maggie (Lucy Deane) both parts played by the scintillating Roberta Maxwell and the abnormally p!laced brother of Maggie (Tom Tulliver) played by Stephen Ouimette. Julia Arkos played the second one and also did a fantastic job at developing her character to a late teenager who exerted this more c!autious and pious girl who no longer read books, only the bible. She was the most short-lived one being on stage for the least amount of time. The other characters played their roles well but the most memorable co-stars were the mother of Maggie (Mrs. Even when she is given the opportunity to love someone other than an enemy, the man turns out to be her cousins fiance, and this leads to the theme of the entire play; Maggie"tms decisions and whether they are right or wrong for that particular time period being that she is bound by certain family and social "laws. The play didn"tmt create a story revolving around a families struggle, but more importantly put across the difficult times women went through in response to their fami!lies"tm struggles and used Maggie as the perfect model of this. state of solitude, an isolated woman that becomes increasingly sadder as she progresses the play. She played a very uplifting and li!ght hearted role that you would think would contradict the deep moralistic plot but actually it somehow brings hope to the story, the light at the end of the tunnel indicating that this play might actually finish tonight.