The story of Silas Marner, written by George Elliot, is re-told here through a cast of 10 plus, reading time around 15 – 20 minutes, with supplementary discussion themes and a comprehension exercise.
Truly one of the loveliest tales of love and redemption.
Godfrey: Enough! I can’t bear to hear anymore. You killed Wildfire by sheer recklessness!
Silas: (Tutting) Shocking to hear, I know. But what happened next was, I think, way worse than your loss that day.
Dunsey: OK so not my finest hour. But fancy making it so easy for me?
Silas: (Furiously) And how was I to know you’d be snooping outside my cottage, watching my every move?
Dunsey: Well, it was fairly interesting to see where you hid all your gold!
Silas: I bet it was! But then to rob me of the lot? I will never forget returning to find it all gone.
Godfrey: (To Dunsey) You devil!
Silas: I was beside myself. I even accused an innocent man.
Squire: (Rousing) You mean, that poacher, Jem Rodney? I’d have had him charged on the spot!
Silas: But that’s where we differ. I might have been angry but I didn’t lose my sense of what was fair.
Squire: A common poacher? Hanging was the least he deserved!
Silas: For something he didn’t do? I knew how that felt – to be wrongfully accused.
Squire: Bah! I wouldn’t waste any sympathy on poachers. Commoners! Vermin!
Silas: Unlike Dunsey who was happy to take all that money from you?
This script is one of a collection available from www.plays-r-ussell.com including the works of such writers as Charles Dickens, H.G. Welles, Robert Lewis Stephenson, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen and Emily Bronte