Mon 1 Jan 0001 - Fri 5 Apr 2019, theatre
Depicting the life of one of the most celebrated novelists and playwrights of his day.
After the successful run of Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope at the Arts Centre last June, Mark Farrelly returns with another riveting and kinetic solo show, The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton. Once again partnering with director Linda Marlowe, Farrelly brings this new show to Stamford Arts Centre on Friday 5 April.
“Inhabits the character of Hamilton with a blazing fluidity”
The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton depicts the life of one of the most celebrated novelists and playwrights of his day. During his twenties, Hamilton was largely successful, producing plays such as Rope, which was adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1948, and Gaslight, a Victorian thriller that remains one of the longest-running non-musicals in Broadway history. He also wrote a wide selection of novels, such as Hangover Square and The Slaves of Solitude. However, despite his widespread success, his mental health deteriorated quickly as he became a victim of obsessions with a heavy alcohol addiction.
The Silence of Snow presents the full range of Hamilton’s turbulent life and writing, showcasing his black humour throughout. The play, in its entirety, is set in a sanatorium lounge where Hamilton is awaiting an electroconvulsive therapy procedure that he hopes will cure his depression and alcohol addiction.
The Silence of Snow equally entertains and challenges audiences, asking: why do so many of us get through life without feeling we ever truly knew another person?
“Farrelly’s performance is electric”
What’s On Stage
“Master of the monologue Mark Farrelly intriguingly deploys his many skills and all his talents”
“Clear and sharp-eyed characterisation and performance of a very high order”
“Farrelly’s achievement is to portray a life so lacking in personal happiness so entertainingly”
British Theatre Guide
Friday 5 April 8pm
Suitable for age 12+
1 hour no interval