DOI: 10.5040/9781408173305.00000005

Silent is the touching and provocative story of homeless McGoldrig who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all – including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino.

In his preface, Pat Kinevane writes: 'Silent – from its first letter to its last gesture, is a chance for me to say thank you. On my first ever visit to New York City in 2008 I was alarmed by the amount of dispossession I witnessed – those unfortunate men and women who had made the street their home. I was immediately compelled to ask myself why – what was the cause of each demise to the pavement and why was it happening in the world’s supposed land of the free and the brave? When I returned to Dublin I was even more aware of the amount of homeless people there also. I was determined to explore this shameful legacy of capitalism – this epidemic that has left so many gorgeous hearts behind, left them empty and without shelter and alone. As I began to scribble it down almost four years ago, I had a gut feeling that it was an opportunity to express my deepest gratitude for every blessing I have received in my life.'

Described by the Irish Times as ‘a moving story, which, until its end, pulses with the erratic noise of life’ Silent was first produced in 2011 by Fishamble, Dublin.

From Silent and Forgotten

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Pat Kinevane

ISBN: 9781408173275

Series: Modern Plays

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