Shelton and I will be writing more blogs on London culture and things going on about town. The write-ups will favour restaurants, plays and movies, and any events that are worth leaving the house for! Here is the first written from Shelton…
Nestled in the Hampstead Theatre, an incredible theatrical space that looks like a futuristic egg, is David Farr’s breathtaking Silence. Don’t let the name fool you! There is rarely a moment of quiet in this play from when it starts with a woman on an empty stage suffering from tinnitus ’til it comes crashing to a crescendo 100 minutes later.
In proper 21st century style, Silence follows three characters in a narrative that jumps back and forth between the present day and the early 90’s. There is Kate, a woman torn between her husband and a lover from her past; her husband, Michael, torn between his love for Kate and his dedication to his life as a documentary film maker; and Michael’s assistant who is lost deep within the world of sound.
The play is in it of itself fascinating to watch. Expertly acted and wonderfully written it is a great production. Yet it is their use of noise that makes this play sublime. The music, the noise, the clicks of a pen and the chewing of toast are more then just the byproducts of life in this play. Noise is a character, Noise is self aware, Noise is guiding these characters through their lives like a Shepherd, even when they are not aware of it.
At 100 minutes flat, this play is unrelenting. Though at times the plot can seem confused, especially the beginning, it quickly develops into a wonderful experience I completely support.
The play has just finished its run as of end of May. However, it is wise to keep an eye out for another of his productions and get in on the ground up!
CLICK HERE for video interview with David Farr / Youtube.com.