Silent Trade

Silent Trade

You wouldn’t know it at first, but it’s happening.

Amongst the immaculate lawns and shiny new Audis of a leafy Belfast suburb.

Hidden away behind the noise and the chaos of a rowdy student street.

Trapped in the familiar anonymity of an isolated farming town.

The quiet figures manipulated between houses.

The human beings exported and imported in a market that’s anything but free.

The Silent Trade that’s booming in the north.

Kabosh presents the premiere of Silent Trade by Rosemary Jenkinson – a deftly crafted and exposing new production unveiling the alarming rates of human trafficking and domestic servitude reported in the north.

Premiere Tour

22 – 26 February 2023The Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Tuesday 28 February, 2023The Old Courthouse, Antrim
Thursday 2 March, 2023The Market Place Theatre, Armagh
Friday 3 March, 2023 Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk
Saturday 4 March, 2023Ranfurly House, Dungannon



Lizzy Akinbami 

Erin / Suzanne:

Louise Parker 


James Doran 

John / Niall:

Seamus O’Hara 

Creative Team

Playwright: Rosemary Jenkinson 

Set and Costume Designer: Tracey Lindsay  

Scenic Painter: Chris Hunter 

Assistant Producer: Lizzie Howard 

Stage Manager: Caitlín Hunter 

Public Relations: Gary Kelly  

Production Brand Design: Conor McClure 

Director: Paula McFetridge 

Lighting Designer: Mary Tumelty 

Set Builder: Stephen Bamford 

Producer: Andrew Hume 

Production Manager: Rory Casey 

Student on Placement: Rhiannon Morgan  

Production Photography: Johnny Frazer 

Movement Director and Intimacy Co-ordinator: Paula O’Reilly 


The topic maybe heavy, but Jenkins’ pen and McFetridge’s direction, alongside set design by Tracey Lindsay, sound design by Dan Leith and lighting by Mary Tumelty brings this one act show to sparkling life, and give it the it the claustrophobic mood the script demands.

Conor O’Neill Culture Crush

Paula McFetridge directs the action with a sure hand… Her astute direction keeps the play from straying into melodrama or preaching…Kabosh have produced a thought-provoking and stimulating piece of theatre.

– Cathy Brown – No More Work Horse

Silent Trade is tough but brilliant theatre worth making noise about

Jane Hardy Irish News

The set by Tracey Lindsay, which first appeared as a container…. was a powerful metaphor for the theme of the play – a forensic examination of human trafficking in Northern Ireland.

– Brian Phelan – View Digital

Paula McFetridge directs boldly, never pulling back from introducing further discomfort.

Alan Meban – Alan In Belfast

This production is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Leche Trust, and the Sylvia Waddilove Foundation.