From The Heart Theatre in association with Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 present
Silas Marner or The Weaver of Raveloe is one of the great stories by one of Coventry’s most celebrated writers – George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans). This new musical theatre version of the story celebrates Coventry-born creativity. Set in the village of Raveloe, a fictional version of Allesley and featuring the local Rainbow pub…as itself, this is a classic tale of hope, redemption and the unshakeable power of the human spirit.
With themes that are still relevant today: Marner is a lonely refugee fleeing intolerance and misunderstanding and is viewed with distrust by local people because he comes from a distant part of the country. Robbed of his hard-earned gold, he adopts a foundling child and is gradually welcomed into the community he has shunned.
Adapted by Coventry playwright Alan Pollock, directed by Coventry writer/director Nick Walker, and designed by Allesley-born Abby Clarke – this is a magical tale of love lost and found - and is presented by a talented Company of professional and local community performers in the grounds of St John’s Church of England Academy School.
The Allesley Silas is produced by From the Heart Theatre in association with Coventry City of Culture Trust and is supported by Arts Council England, Great Place funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, Higgs Charity, Barry Jackson Trust and Harry Payne Fund.