Breaking the Silence


Saturday night’s premiere of Breaking the Silence was a fantastic success! Liz Rothschild carried off a marvellous performance of a cleverly crafted script – highly evocative – offering the audience a tangible sense of the life of Rachel Carson and what it meant for her to break the silence surrounding the impact of pesticides in the 1950s and 1960s.

Liz Rothschild wrote the play as well as performing it solo. This makes her Breaking the Silence all the more impressive, and the small production team have done a wonderful job of realising this production. Simple props on an open stage allow your imagination to complete the experience, while subtle sounds carry you back to Rachel Carson’s landlocked childhood and to the coast where she found a passion for the sea – the subject of her first books.

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring – which nearly didn’t get published because chemical companies threatened to sue – opened the eyes of ordinary Americans to the destruction being caused by the profiligate use of pesticides and a whole range of chemicals. The Rachel Carson in Liz Rothschild’s play shows us why this truth is still relevant to us today. Not just by stating scientific facts, but also with emotional devices, such as swimming with Belugas. A beautiful image tainted by our awareness that these whales have developed cancer as they swim in waters we pollute.

See the play
Breaking the Silence is now on tour, so catch a performance as soon as you can. Don’t go to be ‘converted’ to eco-friendly ideas, go to enjoy an unusual and intelligent play. Discover dates and your nearest venue here.

“You have the right to be free of pesticide pollution” – discuss!
You don’t, actually. Read why Georgina Downs of the UK Pesticides Campaign and organisations like PAN (Pesticide Action Network) campaign to give you this right, by visiting their websites:

Georgina Downs’ presentation after the play premiere gave a complete overview of the inadequacies of pesticide policy, why they fail to protect people from pesticides, and what needs to be done in order to give people the high level of protection they deserve. Then Georgina, Laura Potts and Liz Rothschild held a panel discussion. We took a short video clip (below) of the very end, just as they suggested that they expect helpful legislation to trickle down from the European Commission. Laura and Georgina felt that the precautionary principle – the idea that pesticide users should prove low risk before they are allowed to spray – is taken more seriously in Europe.


One Response to “Breaking the Silence”

  1. Success at high court for Georgina Downs « Sheepdrove’s Weblog Says:

    […] video, recorded last year at Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre when we hosted the Rachel Carson play gives you an idea of how little Georgina expected from the UK government, and such a lack of […]

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