Play directory : Five Kinds of Silence

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The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Shelagh Stephenson
  • Written
  • Overview
    It tells the story of a family living under the power of the vicious Billy, who physically, emotionally, and sexually abuses his wife, Mary, and children, Susan and Janet. The stage play is adapted from the radio production of the same name.

    The stage version of the play was first performed at the Lyric Hammersmith, London on 31 May 2000. It also won the 1996 Writers' Guild award for Best original Radio Play and the 1997 Sony Award for Best Original Drama.

    This play is about control and how the family is bonded by abuse. After so many years the two daughters shoot their father during an epileptic fit.