Various Dates from 14th - 23rd March (see below)
A new play about identity, suppression and the need to talk.
Balsall Heath, 1976. Two years since the Birmingham Pub Bombings and anyone with an Irish accent is suspect. Kathleen is a prisoner in her own home, waiting for Michael to be released, waiting for the beating on her door to cease, waiting for the hatred to subside and life to return to normal.
Over 40 years on, the media is feverish with the terror attacks on Westminster and Manchester. Journalists descend on the streets on 'Britain's jihadi capital', hunting down a story. Holed up in his bedroom, Adil can't revise, can't concentrate, can't breathe.
Two suspect communities, two ages of terror. Two neighbour - strangers fight their fears about each other, and struggle to break the silence around mass blame and hate crime.
This premier production marks the opening of The GAP's Basement Theatre and a new approach to create radical, intimate theatre for young and community audiences, informed by local stories, and crafted by a new generation ensemble of theatre makers.
The Silence is funded by Arts Council of England and The Peggy Ramsey Foundation
Breaking the Silence
There is also a community event in which we will have a conversation about the themes that come out of the play. See more details here:
This production is being shown to private school groups (aged 16+) and to public audiences.
If you work in a school and want to book a performance please email
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