Royalty Theatre to Start 2018 with Tense Drama

Written by on 16th January 2018

The Royalty Theatre, in Sunderland, will begin 2018 with hard-hitting drama, Five Kinds of Silence.

The play is written by north-east writer Shelagh Stephenson, who’s also produced The Memory of Water and An Experiment with an Air Pump. 

Five Kinds of Silence he 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.

The Royalty Theatre was founded in 1925 and they produce at least seven plays per season.

Plays remaining this season are:

  • Five Kinds of Silence (24-27 Jan)
  • 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)
  • The Wind in the Willows (25-30 June).

Director James Errington speaking about the new show, said, “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”.

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.

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.

Images from The Royalty Theatre and Google.

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