Another Kind Of Silence
One of the richest kinds of theatrical experience is leaving a performance feeling inspired and changed; not just artistically, but politically and socially too. In this striking piece of theatre, Liz Rothschild plays environmentalist and author Rachel Carson, who took on the chemical industry in the 1950s and 60s in order to make the risks of insecticides such as DDT known. As its writer and sole performer, Rothschild gives a highly accomplished performance; intelligent, subtle and moving. It isn't necessary to know a huge amount about biology and ecology, as Carson's passion is the driving force behind this piece. With beautiful evocations of nature and issues that are undoubtedly no less crucial today, this is resonant and awareness raising, and delivered excellently.
Hill Street Theatre, 1 - 24 Aug (not 11, 18), 3.40pm (4.45pm), prices vary, fpp 183
tw rating: 4/5
published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival