The Silent Time


Written by Paul Rowe

In Development for our 2017-18 season

“The script The Silent Time is a stage adaptation on my 2007 novel of the same name.  Set in the early decades of the 20th century, The Silent Time tells the story of Leona and Dulcie Merrigan, an outport woman and her deaf child, who enter into a curiously symbiotic relationship with a disillusioned politician named William Cantwell.  The novel, published by Creative Book Publishing, was a finalist for the Winterset Award, the NL Heritage and History Award, and was long-listed for the ReLit Awards.

In 2009 I was commissioned by Rising Tide Theatre to adapt the novel to the stage.  After three weeks of rehearsal and dramaturgy in the fall of 2009 the play opened for a short run at the Trinity Festival.  In the summer of 2010 it opened in the main stage season and played some 20 performances.  The play featured Michelle Rex and myself in the lead roles of Leona and William, with Tina Randell, Larry Barry, Charles Tomlinson, Meghan Greeley (and others) in supporting roles.”