Silence is a play coming to the Grand Theatre starting January 19th about the story of Alexander Graham Bell and his family placed in the 1800’s. There are not that many characters in the play but they all play a very important part in the play.
We all know the tale of Alexander and how he invented the telephone but most people don’t really know the story of his family or how he met his wife Mabel and that she was actually deaf. Mabel became deaf at the age of 5 and had to learn how to interact with the public in a completely different way. She needed to learn how to do sign language in order for people to communicate with her, but she also learned how to speak different languages so that she could travel to different locations.
Alexander happened to be one of her teachers that was helping her learn different languages. The more they spent time with each other the more they realized they were falling in love. Eventually Alexander and Mabel fell in love and got married and had a family. The play covers everything from them meeting and falling in love all the way until they pass away.
This play is written beautifully by Trina Davies and features both hearing, partial hearing and non- hearing actors which makes this play even more special. Suzanne Bennett who plays Mabel’s mother in the play sat down and spoke with XFM and said “it’s not exclusive, it’s inclusive because hearing and non- hearing people will get to experience this amazing story equally.”
The play will be making it’s first ever world premiere here in London from January 19th and February 3rd. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of the show or at the box office at The Grand Theatre. It is a very moving and emotional story, one that everyone can enjoy.