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.
|22 – 26 February 2023||The Lyric Theatre, Belfast|
|Tuesday 28 February, 2023||The Old Courthouse, Antrim|
|Thursday 2 March, 2023||The Market Place Theatre, Armagh|
|Friday 3 March, 2023||Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk|
|Saturday 4 March, 2023||Ranfurly House, Dungannon|
Erin / Suzanne:
John / Niall:
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.
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.
Silent Trade is tough but brilliant theatre worth making noise about
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.
Paula McFetridge directs boldly, never pulling back from introducing further discomfort.
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.