Nicola Werenowska’s funny and fascinating new play hurtles between Warsaw and London over two decades and three generations of a Polish/British family.
Playwright, Nicola Werenowska said:
“Silence is the play I’ve wanted to write for 20 years. To give voice to a wartime Polish generation whose stories of deportation and displacement were written out of history, silenced by the fearful West, buried deep within families. And to give voice to those 2nd and 3rd generation Poles, trying to unravel the past, trying to make sense of who they are. As the wartime generation breathes its final breaths, as nationalism is on the rise across Europe, as prejudice against the Polish community surfaces here in the UK – now is the time to tell this story.”
What holds families together? What tears them apart? What’s brewing in the silences?
1996. London. It’s Ewa’s birthday. Her daughter Anna is coming home from university with a secret to share but Maria has some news of her own. As wartime memories of Siberia resurface, old steps are retraced to uncover the secrets of the past and a Polish heritage that unites and divides them.
Directed by Jo Newman; Designed by Baska Wesolowska; Lighting Designed by Zoe Spurr; Sound Designed by Helen Skiera alongside Associate Sound, Bethany Duke.
A Mercury Theatre Colchester, Wiltshire Creative and Unity Theatre Liverpool Production