The Royalty Theatre will begin 2018 with hard-hitting drama, Five Kinds of Silence.
Written by north-east writer Shelagh Stephenson, whose plays include The Memory of Water and An Experiment with an Air Pump, the play portrays a family living in fear of abusive husband and father Billy. His wife Mary, and daughters Susan and Janet, have suffered his abuse for years, but have remained silent – until events take a tragic turn.
Director James Errington says, “I fell in love with this show the first time I read it; it’s dark, gritty and very powerful. It's a pleasure to be able to direct such a play”.
Originally a radio play, the production will take place in the Royalty’s studio theatre, their first studio production since the sell-out The Vagina Monologues in 2015.
A strong cast includes Lorna Breeze, Helen Bowie and newcomer Becky Watson as the women of the family, and Andrew Barella as Billy. Emma McLeary and Sean Landless, another Royalty debutante, also star.
Due to the play’s candid discussion of sexual abuse, the Royalty do not recommend the play for anybody 16 or under, though this is purely advisory and not a strict limit.
Five Kinds of Silence runs from 24-27th Jan. Tickets can be booked via www.ticketsource.co.uk/royaltytheatre or on 0333 666 3366, and are priced at £6.50 plus booking fee.
Plays remaining this season are Rabbit Hole (19-24 Feb), Jeeves and Wooster in ‘Perfect Nonsense’ (19-24 Mar), Temple (25-28 April), Move Over Mrs Markham (21-26 May) and The Wind in the Willows (25-30 June). Tickets for these shows are £8 (£6.50 conc) plus booking fee.