The Cries of Silent Men at neat11

Wednesday 8th June 2011

The Cries of Silent Men at neat11

It was an unsettled evening in June, stood amidst a large crowd within the Nottingham Castle walls a mysterious hooded monk stepped forward and onto a raised plinth to deliver a tale of dissolution and dishonesty.

The year was 1535 and a sect of Carthusian monks living in a Nottinghamshire monastery are torn between fidelity to their king and their duty to their God.

The Cries of Silent Men by local writer and director team Hanby and Barrett was originally designed as a ‘site specific’ community theatre piece staged at the ruins of Beauvale Priory near Eastwood and was successfully staged at the Castle Grounds on the nights of the 4th and 5th June for the neat11 Festival.

The production maximised this evocative location, as the actors, delivering strong and honest performances, led the spectators through various locations of the Castle Grounds while the magnificent stage design seamlessly enhanced the weight and atmosphere of the tale.

The Cries of Silent Men was an ambitious and well executed example of thought-provoking community theatre at one of the city’s most iconic locations and we hope that this production has helped to pave the way for much more of its kind.

Here are some photos taken of the show by Alan Fletcher…