The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton

  • Written & Performed by
    Mark Farrelly


  • Dates
    5 November 2023 - 5 November 2023
  • Times
  • 5pm


  • Full Price£17

Running Time

  • 70 minutes


Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, Howerd’s End, Jarman) presents his riveting, kinetic solo show portraying one of the great English writers of the inter-war years. Patrick Hamilton was a dazzling success in his twenties, producing hit plays Rope (filmed by Hitchcock) Gaslight (which gave us the modern term ‘gaslighting’), and classic novels Hangover Square and The Slaves of Solitude. But Hamilton was also an alcoholic, whose wit darkened as his inner and outer worlds collapsed.

Covering the entire sweep of Hamilton’s thrilling life and writing, The Silence of Snow entertains and challenges, asking: why do so many of us get through life without feeling we ever truly knew another person?

Running time: 70 mins no interval

★★★★ “You won’t be able to take your eyes off this magnetic actor Mark Farrelly. He inhabits the character of Hamilton with a blazing fluidity” The Times

★★★★ “Farrelly’s performance is electric” What’s On Stage

★★★★ “Master of the monologue Mark Farrelly intriguingly deploys his many skills and all his talents” Broadway Baby

★★★★ “Farrelly’s achievement is to portray a life so lacking in personal happiness so entertainingly” British Theatre Guide

★★★★ “The masterful Farrelly doesn’t so much play as inhabit the role of Hamilton…he holds us spellbound” Theatre Things

★★★★ “Wonderful passion and charisma…a complete embodiment of a complex character” Exeunt

★★★★ “Horrifyingly funny snapshot of the wit, novelist and playwright…brilliant” The Spectator

★★★★ “Farrelly’s revelatory autopsy of a cauterised heart of darkness is intimidatingly implosive: stand well close” The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “Farrelly’s performance is a tour de force, and his talent is clear” Everything Theatre

★★★★ “A complex and witty portrait” London Theatre 1

★★★★ 1/2 “The single best performance from an actor I’ve seen all year” London Pub Theatres, Standing Ovation Nomination

★★★★★ “An outstanding piece that crams so much emotion and sheer acting skill into the hour” Weekend Notes

★★★★★ “Phenomenal. What a performance!” Sardines Magazine

★★★★★ “Unmissable! An extraordinary, beyond accomplished piece of writing, performed faultlessly. This is a spellbinding event” Everything Theatre


Linda Marlowe