Fishamble: The New Play Company was in New York, presenting Pat Kinevane’s first solo play, Forgotten, when Pat came to us with an idea for a new play.   He wanted to write about homelessness and mental health, and the silence that often surrounds these issues. I knew that his passion for the subject matter, and his anger at how people who need help can often be ignored, would drive Silent.  I also knew that Pat’s wicked sense of humour and highly theatrical imagination would ensure that the play did not become too serious or worthy.  Throughout rehearsals and performances, we have tried to create a piece of theatre that engages very directly with the audience, is challenging and provocative, funny and moving, physical and inventive.

Silent tells the story of Tino McGoldrig, a man from the small Irish town of Cobh but living in Dublin, who is called after Rudolph Valentino (‘Rudolph would have been a disaster in Cobh’). …