Review: The Silence of the Sea (part of the Donmar Trafalgar Season)

(from left) Simona Bitmaté, Finbar Lynch and Leo Bill. Photo by Simon Kane

(from left) Simona Bitmaté, Finbar Lynch and Leo Bill. Photo by Simon Kane

Within a few minutes of the performance starting, I had decided not to review The Silence of the Sea. I was feeling tired and the woman behind me was talking out loud and being thoroughly annoying. My concentration was not what it should be.

What changed my mind? Like the best productions, The Silence of the Sea defied place, time and practical considerations to keep me in rapt attention. Adapted from a book by Vercors, in a version by Anthony Weigh and directed by Simon Evans, the story, set in France during world war II German occupation, has the leanness of hard horrific times. Continue reading