Water Miller
By mean of our craft we may be brothers,
But whiles we live shall we never be lovers.

Scene 6 - The Millers

The Millers scene is a comedic focal point of The Play of the Weather. It begins with The Watermiller entering the space and lamenting the weather conditions which have affected his production of grain. The Windmiller then comes on-stage with a similar complaint but - as both of their appeals are mutually exclusive - Merry Report challenges them to a debate and says that the most persuasive speaker will be deemed the winner. However, this debate proves so lengthy that Merry Report ultimately has to intervene to stop their argument. The comic highlight of the scene is a section of dialogue in which The Millers talk at cross-purposes with Merry Report. While they think he is explaining an actual problem he is experiencing with his mill, he is in fact making a series of extremely rude puns about his wife's insatiable sexual appetite.

Key Research Topic


Peter Kenny as The Windmiller

Our treatment of the audience during the production comes under the spotlight; specifically the attempt to add formality to their experience by dividing them along lines of gender, as well as the dissolution of the performer/spectator boundary during The Millers’ debate.

Historical Context

The Miller from the General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer's Miller

The description of The Miller from The Canterbury Tales, connecting Chaucer's parodic representation of social types to the estate satire of Heywood.

Widow Edith


A witty misogynistic piece reflecting a tension found in a number of early Tudor representations of strong females. as well as a celebration of female resourcefulness and wit.



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