A love story about our love of stories.
A play by Eve Leigh
Director Tom Mansfield
Designer Petra Hjortsberg
Lighting Designer Rachel Bottomley
Sound Designer Duncan Grimley
Movement Director Jennifer Jackson
Casting Director Georgia Fleury Reynolds
Stage Manager Verena Prandstaetter
Assistant Director Daniel Bailey
Producer Rianna Dearden
“And there is another planet, like ours. Very close by. It’s different from our planet in only one way, but – you know. One difference can trigger many more. They can’t see the sky, on that planet. Because their atmosphere is like a mirror. The sun, the clouds, the stars – they’ve forgotten that such things exist. They look into the sky and see only themselves and the things they’ve made. And so everything in their world can easily be understood. They have no artists. All they want is to be safe and comfortable. They fatten themselves on poison food. And when they look into the sky, they are struck dumb. By the greatness of their works.”
At the height of the Cold War, dissident writer Gavriil is detained in a Soviet mental prison for protesting against the government.
His only escape is the prison library, a treasure store of banned literature available to the patients, but off-limits to the staff. His interrogator, Yurchak, offers to protect him from torture in exchange for sharing the forbidden stories…
A love story about our love of stories, Silent Planet is a passionate and poetic fable about the power of literature in a world in which the wrong words can get you killed.
Silent Planet is playwright Eve Leigh’s first full length play. “As a first play, it reveals unusual maturity” ★★★★ Michael Billington, The Guardian [read review in full] It was first presented by Upstart at the Finborough Theatre, London, in December 2014.
Silent Planet is published by Oberon Books [buy now]