Sandra Redlaff, Mia Höglund-Melin

The Silence

Ingmar Bergman’s scandalous film – onstage for the first time ever.

Anna and Ester, sisters with a difficult relationship, are on their way home to Sweden with Johan, Anna’s young son. Ester falls ill and they are forced to interrupt their journey in a foreign country on the border of Europe. They find themselves in the fictional city of Timoka, a mysterious place where the locals speak a language they do not understand.

The country seems to be on the verge of a civil war. Meanwhile, another conflict rages in the hotel between the two sisters, as they desperately try to make sense of their surroundings and of themselves. Left on his own, the child wanders the hotel corridors, meeting the other guests and weaving together fragments of the adults’ enigmatic world.

The Silence is an alluring and sorrowful allegory of humanity’s helplessness. An exploration of boundaries, language, sexuality, closeness, submissiveness, dominance, guilt and freedom. The Silence is an outcry for understanding.

Known for their eccentric aesthetics, the highly praised Irish theatre company Dead Centre gently updates the story to our own time and, with the help of film maker Grant Gee’s live-video design, they unexpectantly filter the story entirely through the child’s point of view.

Part of the European theatre project Prospero Extended Theatre. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Swedish premiere
Stage
Stora Scen
Duration
About 2 hours, no intermission

By Ingmar Bergman
Adaptation Mark O'Halloran with Dead Centre
Translation Joel Nordström
Direction Bush Moukarzel
Video direction: Grant Gee
Ensemble Mia Höglund-Melin, Sandra Redlaff, Christer Fjellström, Ramtin Parvaneh, Marta Andersson Larson, Karin Lycke and others
Set Design Jeremy Herbert
Costume design Maja Kall
Mask design Patricia Svajger
Light design Max Mitle
Sound design Kevin Gleeson
Composer Kevin Gleeson
Dramaturges Ben Kidd and Joel Nordström
Publisher The Ingmar Bergman Foundation (original filmscript)