This being Filter, Silence is one of the noisiest shows around and, also typically of Filter, it teems with ideas, not all of which work. It takes time for a coherent narrative to develop and there are parts which could be dispensed with completely - the lonely Australian girl adds nothing of siginicance to the story. Normally I detest experimental theatre such as this but there is something about Filter which I find intriguing but cannot fully explain. This collaboration with the RSC also offers an opportunity to see members of the ensemble in a modern work and it is particularly rewarding to see Katy Stephens in something other than Shakespeare. She gives a remarkable performance as troubled and torn Kate and would surely be a regular at the National and in the West End if or when she relocates from Stratford. Silence is challenging and frustrating (especially the unresolved ending) but it is never forgettable. - David Baxter
26 May 11
A haunting journey through the minds of us all.
Beautifully scored and eagely directed, this is modern unconventional theatre and its brilliant. - Dan Poole
19 May 11
I was very forunate last night when a friend kindly took me to see 'Silence.'
This is the first Filter production I have seen and was amazed at how the visuals, sounds and emotions all came together to make a truly outstanding play.
I disagree with the comment 'The only problem is that the characters themselves are less than compelling' I thought the parts were extreemly well written and and the actors gave stunning performances!
I do agree that hopefully 'the method of inter-cutting fragmented scenes, past and present action, and all done with great technical ingenuity, suggests a new way of writing plays.'
This is an experience not to be missed.
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