An ostensibly confident, charismatic writer who is in fact unpublished and six years older than he claims, the protagonist of ‘The Silencer’ has an initial swagger which is gradually stripped away during this intense monologue. The story of the 51-year-old’s love lost (or perhaps never had) is both darkly comic and painfully pathetic; and while the protagonist is an unpleasantly recognisable type, this story’s detailed exposure of the male psyche is far from commonly seen. David Calvitto gives a strong but not entirely polished performance as the lead, which suggests the play’s power – which sometimes faltered – could improve as its run continues. Either way, its exploration of transience and flawed character will strike an uncomfortable chord with many.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 Aug (not 14), 12.40pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Sarah Richardson]