The Silence Of Snow: The Life Of Patrick Hamilton

Espionage (Venue 185)

1 - 24 August (not 6, 11 August)

Start time 12:00

Running time 60 minutes

Tickets Free and unticketed (voluntary exit donation)

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Patrick Hamilton was one of the most celebrated English novelists and playwrights of the 1930s (Rope, Gaslight, Hangover Square). His witty, bleak, drink-sodden writing brilliantly penetrates the dark core of the human psyche.

But alcoholism and a chaotic personal life took their toll on Hamilton’s output, leaving him unjustly forgetten in the canon of English literature. Now his extraordinary true story is told in this biting, fast-paced solo show which blends new writing with extracts from a range of Hamilton’s finest works.

Written and performed by Mark Farrelly (Who’s Afraid if Virginia Woolf?, West End) and directed by Linda Marlowe (Berkoff’s Women, The World’s Wife and at this Fringe, Night Bus). The same team are also presenting Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope this Fringe.

This show is transferring to The Old Red Lion in London this September.


Latest news

  • 5* for The Silence Of Snow August 13, 2014

    ‘This is clear and sharp-eyed characterisation and performance of a very high order, notable even among the many other fine offerings available on the Fringe.’

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  • With the right director, you’re not entirely alone on a solo show August 7, 2014

    Actor Mark Farrelly had never written or performed a solo show before. At this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, he’s premiering two: The Silence of the Snow and Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope. He turned to fellow actor and solo veteran Linda Marlowe, whose many solo successes include The World’s Wife and Berkoff’s Women, to direct both.

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  • What do Quentin Crisp and Patrick Hamilton have in common? August 4, 2014

    Mark Farrelly has written and is performing two back-to-back solo shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, about two very different 20th-century Englishmen: novelist, playwright and Soho alcoholic Patrick Hamilton, whose plays included Rope and Gaslight, and eccentric and The Naked Civil Servant author Quentin Crisp. Both are directed by Linda Marlowe. Mark explains the connection…

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  • My Festival Highlights Challenge – Day Three August 2, 2014
    Mark Farrelly and Linda Marlowe after Quentin Crisp at Gilded Balloon

    Mark Farrelly and Linda Marlowe after Quentin Crisp at Gilded Balloon

    I’m in the final stretch of my #FHChallenge, having now seen two-thirds of Festival Highlights nine 2014 offerings and aiming to polish off the final three back-to-back today.

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  • Are you up for the Festival Highlights challenge? July 30, 2014

    ChecklistFor the past 12 years, Festival Highlights has presented some of the most popular and acclaimed shows on the Fringe. For 2014, we’ve handpicked nine we think you’ll love. To encourage you to see them all – and share your views on them – we’ve launched the Festival Highlights Challenge (#FHChallenge)!

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