The Silents
  • By Tim Earl
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  • 9th May 2009
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  • ★★★★

The Silents interweaves three intimate stories of personal transformation: a dedicated researcher gives it all up to climb mountains, a trapped housewife finds her little piece of magic on the way to the launderette, and a troubled office worker returns to his childhood home to rediscover the magic he has lost in his adult life. More than that, though, they are cleverly interwoven to tell a larger story about ‘finding the magic’.According to the programme, they were developed from workshops and blogs with a variety of people, but ‘in particular, people who have suffered from mental health issues’. I read this with trepidation, thinking it was going to be a piece of ‘issue theatre’ - but thankfully it wasn’t.The end result of these processes is presented in a deceptively simple narrative style, but it also cleverly preserves some elements of the devising processes, giving it a spontaneous feel – and leaving the actors scope to follow their instincts on the night. With an almost bare stage, the cast do a very good job of bringing it to life. All were convincing and conveyed a sense of wonder at their journeys and discoveries.The performance was very good, but I was fortunate to meet the director, Rachel Parish, afterwards, and gained a lot more insight into the piece and its development. She was such a whirlwind of enthusiasm and delight in her work, it’s a shame that everybody can’t have the same insights as she gave me.

Reviews by Tim Earl

A Fistful of Snow

★★★★★

Bane

★★★★★

Oedipus

★★

4:48 Psychosis

★★★

The Silents

★★★★

The Blurb

Bold, visual, ensemble theatre. THE SILENTS follows the story of a young man struggling to choose between the reality he has always known and a once forgotten fantasy world.