About this project
"Farrelly's script squeezes in the details." - Lyn Gardner in The Guardian
Two hit solo plays exploring the extraordinary lives and losses of two great Soho writers Patrick Hamilton and Quentin Crisp. Greeted with huge acclaim since their debut productions, Mark Farrelly's plays offer actors and audiences laughter, heartbreak, and an urgent, passionate reminder that the only thing that ever matters is being true to yourself.
"It's the writer's business to put into words the universal wail of humanity!"
PATRICK HAMILTON (1904 - 1962) was a shooting star playwright and novelist. His stage thriller Rope made him a hit on both sides of the Atlantic by the age of 25, and the play was later filmed by Hitchcock. Patrick repeated his success with the Victorian chiller Gaslight, while his highly-regarded novels include Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky, Hangover Square and The Slaves of Solitude. His output - witty, cynical and beguilingly empathetic of all those “battered silly by life” - was cut brutally short by the loss of his battle with chronic alcoholism.
The Silence of Snow is dedicated to the memory of Tim Welling, a close friend of Mark's and a beautiful soul. Tim committed suicide in December 2012. He was a huge support in both joyous and challenging times, a truly loyal friend, and is hugely missed. He was the first person to read The Silence of Snow, and always promised to be in the front row of the first performance, a promise he was unable to fulfill.
The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton
“Magnetic” **** The Times
“Electric” **** What's On Stage
"Ask yourself this: 'If there were no praise, or blame, who would I be?'"
QUENTIN CRISP (1908 - 1999) was variously a rent boy, artist's model and full time layabout. Shunned and beaten by London society for his flamboyant effeminacy, he concentrated simply on Being, and spawned a philosophy which enlightens to this day. After being portrayed by John Hurt in the classic TV film The Naked Civil Servant in 1975, he became an unlikely international treasure. Moving to New York in his seventies, he spent the rest of his life telling anyone who would listen 'How to have a lifestyle'. Asked to give a young fan some life advice, he replied: “Remember – you don't have to win”.
Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope
“Brilliant” **** Time Out
“Riveting” **** British Theatre Guide
MARK FARRELLY has been acting professionally since graduating from Jesus College, Cambridge. His West End credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opposite Matthew Kelly at Trafalgar Studios, and he has spent the last two years playing Patrick Hamilton and Quentin Crisp around the UK. He has also recently appeared in Macbeth at Germany's Globe Theatre, and written Howerd's End, a celebration of the upcoming centenary of Frankie Howerd, to be produced in 2016 and in which Mark will appear as the love of Frankie's life, Dennis Heymer.
49Knights Independent Publishing House, Edinburgh & Cambridge are the team behind online arts journals Edinburgh49 & Ken Lukowiak's Warrior to Worrier. Between January-February 2015 49Knights ran Garry Roost's superb Pope Head: The Secret Life of Francis Bacon through the Kickstarter gauntlet and on to publishing success.
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