Plays by David Farr

Silence (Farr & Filter)

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Silence is a haunting, gripping play about noises: a toaster, a cassette tape, an aeroplane, an interview, a ringing in the ears. Kate, who has tinnitus — her brain invents sounds when there are none — receives a letter in the post and sets out for Russia to find the first man she fell in love with. Meanwhile her husband Michael listens to police surveillance recordings from the nineties for the documentary film he is making. Peter, a sound recordist, listens quietly every morning to the girl next door making toast.

Exploring intersections of the political and the personal with deft and moving complexity, Silence is a vividly poignant portrait of things unspoken.

The play is a collaboration between David Farr, the RSC and the devised theatre company Filter, renowned for a distinctive theatrical style that exposes the workings of a production. The play premiered in 2011 at the Hampstead Theatre, London.

David Farr is a writer and director. His plays The Danny Crowe Show, Elton John's Glasses, Night of the Soul, Ramayana, The UN Inspector, The Heart of Robin Hood and a collection of adaptations have all been published by Faber. He was Artistic Director of London's Gate Theatre from 1995 to 1998, and Joint Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic from 2002 to 2005. He has directed Coriolanus and Julius Caesar for the RSC and The UN Inspector for the National Theatre. In June 2005 he became Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, where his productions included new versions of The Odyssey and Kafka's Metamorphosis. In 2009 he became Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where his productions of The Winter's Tale, King Lear and The Homecoming opened to critical acclaim.