Mary Webb is best-known today as the novelist whose work was satirised by Cold Comfort Farm.
But one of her earliest books, Gone to Earth (1917), has an innocence and a wildness - like its heroine - that can be truly affecting.
In dramatising the story of 17-year-old Hazel, the innocent and free-spirited country lass who is loved both by the wicked squire and the altruistic minister, Helen Edmundson has incorporated folk-dance, song and dialect into the rural Shropshire setting.
It is a style well-suited to Shared Experience, the theatre company who so triumphantly staged Edmundson's adaptations of Anna Karenina and The Mill on the Floss.
Gone to Earth premieres in w/c 22 March in Brighton before touring the south of England including a season at the Lyric, Hammersmith.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages
- Publisher: Nick Hern Books
- Publication Date: 15/04/2004
- Category: Plays, playscripts
- ISBN: 9781854597915