Quiet Hands

by Tim Rhys

Directed by Chris Durnall

Chapter, Market Rd, Cardiff

Tuesday 12th September – Saturday 16th September at 7.30pm
Saturday 16th Matinee at 2.30pm

Tickets £10/8

Question and Answer Session follows Tuesday performance

Carnegie House, Bridgend
Tuesday 19th September @ 7.30
Tickets £8/6


After their last, sold-out Chapter visit with Touch Blue Touch Yellow
Winterlight returns with the same writer-director team for their new
play. Quiet Hands, following a young autistic man as he tries to
rebuild his friendship with his lost brother and encounters the
dangerous world of ‘Mate Crime’.   Reviews from Touch Blue Touch

Tim Rhys’ new play Quiet Hands is a hard-hitting exploration of the
alarming rise of ‘mate crime’ – an insidious, predatory form of hate
crime against vulnerable and disabled people. Young adults on the
autistic spectrum are especially vulnerable, as they are often
socially isolated, lacking the social networks that protect most of
us. Those living alone can be befriended, fooled into trusting their
new “friends” and then systematically robbed, defrauded and bullied.
This abuse has sometimes led to horrific, even lethal violence. It is
a crime that often goes unnoticed until it ends in catastrophe, as the
victim is often unwilling or unable to escape or to tell anyone what
is happening to them.

The National Autistic Society has reported that this predatory abuse
now happens on “a devastating scale”.

‘Quiet Hands’ directed by Chris Durnall for Winterlight Theatre, will
raise awareness of this, while also exploring the importance of
sibling relationships as it follows the uplifting story of an autistic
man trying to rekindle his friendship with his estranged brother.

 “Melancholic beauty… Raw and unflinching, will make you think twice
about what it means to be ‘normal’… blackly comic dialogue” (Theatre
in Wales)

 “Instant, hard-hitting impact. Had my stomach in knots” (New Welsh Review)

 “A stunning piece of theatre” (Sara Beer, Disability Arts Cymru)

“One of the most powerful theatrical experiences I can remember, after
decades of play-going.  It is a brilliant play” (John Freeman)

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