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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.

Founded in 2001 by actors Oliver Dimsdale and Ferdy Roberts and musician Tim Phillips, Filter is a company that brings together actors, musicians, technicians, designers, writers and directors to create new works of original theatre as well as thrilling incarnations of existing texts, resulting in a platform for some of the most exciting theatre work around. Filter's highly acclaimed productions include Faster (BAC/tour), Woyzeck (NT Studio/Lyric Hammersmith), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (NT), Twelfth Night (RSC) and Three Sisters (Lyric Hammersmith).