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Note: This is show not from the current year being displayed. This show appeared in 2014 at The Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival

THE SILENCE OF SNOW: THE LIFE OF PATRICK HAMILTON

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Venue:Espionage, 4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate) Edinburgh EH1 2EX
Phone: 0131 4777 007
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Mata Hari
AUG 1-5, 7-10, 12-24 at 12:00 (60 min)
 
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"The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton" is a solo theatre show written and performed by MARK FARRELLY ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opposite Matthew Kelly, West End). It is directed by Fringe favourite LINDA MARLOWE. The show tells, for the first time in any medium, the extraordinary, turbulent true story of novelist and playwright Patrick Hamilton (1904-1962), author of classic plays "Rope", "Gaslight" and novel "Hangover Square". The audience meets Patrick in the late 1950s at an electro-shock therapy clinic. In the hour before his final treatment, Patrick surveys his tattered life, which includes huge and sudden early literary fame, a disastrous relationship with a Soho prostitute, and an even more ruinous marriage. As Patrick descends into alcoholism, his writing career blasted to drunken smithereens, he bids to slay his tenacious inner demons in the audience's presence, and unlock the secret of why humans "can get from one of life to the other without ever feeling they truly knew another human being". A visceral, arresting blend of original writing and Patrick's own words, the show introduces a new generation to Hamilton's fantastically bleak and witty writing, and empowers the audience to question the depth and authenticity of their own lives. Transfers to London this autumn.


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