Masquerade Theatre Company, Kent
Five Kinds of Silence by Shelah Stephenson, radio play from Masquerade Theatre

Five Kinds of Silence (winner of the 1996 Writers’ Guild Award for Best Original Radio Play and the 1997 Sony Award for Best Original Drama) is the story of a family in which control has become the driving force, where everything has its place, and where there are only rules, duties and punishments.

Throughout the play we learn from the three women that Billy had created a strange, warped world for them to be confined in from inside his damaged mind. The story of abuse that Billy’s family endured unfolds from interviews with police officials and psychologists with Mary, Susan and Janet. Billy himself was abused when he was a child; Mary was abused by her father after the death of her mother. After so many years the two daughters shoot their father during an epileptic fit. The play is coordinated to bring out Billy’s passively sinister presence, and although he is not physically there, he is present in their memories. His abuse to these women has been so horrific that they shoot him.

This play contains themes of mental, physical and sexual abuse throughout. This performance is not suitable to anyone under the age of 18. Please consider this carefully before listening.

Our play is based on the real life events of one family from the north of England.

Party by Tom Basden, radio play from Masquerade Theatre

Based on the award-winning play from the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Party is written by Comedy Award winner Tom Basden. It explores what happens when a group of people try and change the world.

Four young idealists have decided to form a new political party to save the world from itself. The new fifth member, Duncan, sets about saving the world from them.
A suburban garden shed is the setting, as the adolescent adults debate forming their own political party. From the perils of electing a leader and choosing a party name through to the finer intricacies of Foreign and Environmental policy, this comedy satirises the ambitions, hypocrisy and naivety of those who choose to try to change the world.

Party is about small minds tackling big issues – China, sex trafficking, cycle lanes, unfair trade coffee, whether to call the party ‘The Friendly Party’ or ‘Gladios’, and when, exactly, they should break to eat a cake.

 

“Tom Basden’s astonishingly well written and incredibly funny debut play is about four idealists deciding to form a new political party … It’s by turns hilarious and incisive, poignant and tragic. Don’t miss this…” – Time Out

Both of these plays are entered into the Kent Drama Radio Play Festival. If you would like to listen to the other entries in the festival then visit kentdrama.org.uk for a full list of the festival entries and when they will be available to listen to.

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