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The life of brilliant but troubled writer laid bare
The life of playwright Patrick Hamilton is to be portrayed in a new one-man show that is coming to the Lichfield Garrick theatre in Staffordshire. Following on from his critically acclaimed performance last January in Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, talented writer and actor Mark Farrelly will be returning to the Garrick on Friday 21 September in a show in which Hamilton confronts his inner demons. The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton promises to be a riveting, kinetic solo show which vividly portrays the life of one of the great English writers of the inter-war years. Patrick Hamilton (1904 – 1962) was a dazzling success whilst still in his twenties, producing the hit plays Rope and Gaslight, and classic novels including Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, Hangover Square and The Slaves of Solitude. But he was also an alcoholic, whose wit became increasingly mordant as his inner and outer worlds collapsed.
Mark Farrelly in The Silence Of Snow. Credit Steve Ullathorne
Set in an electro-therapy clinic in the 1950s, and covering the entire sweep of Hamilton's turbulent life, The Silence of Snow has gripped audiences wherever it has been performed. An arresting blend of original writing and extracts from Hamilton's finest works, the play is a powerful cautionary tale about the dangers of not confronting one's own inner chaos. It is also a hugely witty and engaging tribute to a great English writer. Sheffield-born Mark Farrelly has acted in the West End and internationally, and is the author of two hit solo plays, The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton and Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope. He has performed these to great acclaim across the UK over 150 times. He has just written forthcoming play Howerd's End, in which he also co-stars, celebrating the life of comedy legend Frankie Howerd. In addition, Mark will also perform his third solo play, Groundswell, in 2018, which explores the election of a new British Prime Minister and his confrontation with the ultimate act of aggression.
The play is directed by Linda Marlowe, an acting legend for her lengthy collaboration with Steven Berkoff. She is also a hugely-acclaimed solo actress (The World's Wife, Berkoff's Women) and a star of EastEnders. The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton will be performed in the Lichfield Garrick's studio theatre on Friday 21 September at 7.45pm as part of the theatre's Garrick Introducing series. The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with Mark Farrelly. Tickets are £17.50 and can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.