The Silence and the Noise
Published in volume Papatango Plays
First Staged:
Papatango & English Touring Theatre, 2021

The Silence and the Noise

By Tom Powell
Published in volume Papatango Plays
  • Papatango New Writing Prize - 2021

Every teenager knows what it's like to be stuck between things: childhood and maturity, innocence and experience, hope for the future and uncertainty about what it might bring.

But Daize is torn between even greater challenges: her love for her vulnerable mother and her dangerous friendship with Ant. An outsider with knockout trainers, Ant has just appeared on her doorstep, bringing with him a whole world of trouble.

Tom Powell's play The Silence and The Noise beautifully captures the story of two young people on the edge.

Joint winner of the 2021 Papatango New Writing Prize, it was produced and premiered by Papatango and English Touring Theatre in 2021 as an audio play, presented to audiences via specially designed audio stations that toured UK theatres.

A film version produced by Pentabus and Rural Media was premiered at Vaults Festival in February 2023, winning Best Film at Film Festival International Broadstairs.

It is published in the volume Papatango Plays: Three Prize-Winning Plays, alongside Some Of Us Exist In The Future by Nkenna Akunna and Ghost Stories from an Old Country by Tajinder Singh Hayer.

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'A modest masterpiece'

The Stage

'Makes a significant impact... Powell's script has a softness to it without sacrificing authenticity in the tension and characterisation... ingenious and spectacular'

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