The Deafening Silence is a play written and directed by Carra Jay Willis, Sarah Southern and Kirsty Young and is a Mint Banter production (Let Wa Go) that was performed at The Studio Theatre Royal .
Teenage siblings Maisy and Olly have left home, fed up with the house rules of their parents establishment.
Fuelled by aspiration but without funds dreams come crashing down about their ears when the rent falls due and “friends” are called upon to put them up.
Olly infatuated with himself and tipping his “handsome” profile at “any “passing female behaves like a fox in a chicken coop when he finds himself centre stage in a house with 4 girls!
Sister Maisy troubled with night terrors finds herself in a conflicted situation with Megan who together with sister Blake are the siblings reluctant hosts.
What is the source of that conflict?
Who is covering up for who and why?
The landladies’ father is dead adored by Megan whom as his “princess” makes regular pilgrimages to his grave. Sister Blake feels no such devotion.
Gradually a story unfolds of family betrayals and sexual transgressions.
Thus the stage is set for conflict resolution or further confrontation.
Do the sins of the father go on?
In bravura performance of writing directing and acting these undergraduate performing students dazzled their enraptured audience at the play’s premiere .
Wise and subtle well beyond their years this young cast of players impressed in a gale force demonstration of talent which left me overwhelmed in admiration.
From the well-aimed digs at the medical profession with its fashionable treatments and breathtaking self-regard to young adult fumblings where sexual desire conflicts with emotional needs.
Humour and pathos found audience reaction in raucous laughter and nervous coughing when the play in the blinking of an eye switched from teenage high jinks to human home truths.
Telling an epic story in fast moving scenes delivered with great emotional economy this company of talented players and their performance will not be forgotten quickly by we the audience who were lucky to catch this pearl of a show on it’s first outing.
Great things beckon on this showing for all involved in this excellent play.