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13 November 2012

Review of 'but i cd only whisper' at Dalston's Arcola Theatre

THIS is the news you won’t hear on your TV, the lives you won’t read about in the newspaper headlines. So concludes the story of black Vietnam veteran, Beau Willie Brown, as told in a new play at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre.

Making its world premiere this month, but i cd only whisper is a powerful new production from Tabula Rasa, developed with the support of New York’s Lincoln Center Theatre, that delves into the psychological and social effects of the war on the American South in the 1970s.



The narrative is related through a series of monologues and dialogues by the handful of protagonists, and the dark details of Brown’s heinous crime emerge over one-and-a-half hours of theatrical intensity.

Kristiana Colón’s poetic script comes alive on the sparse set through compelling performances across the cast, illuminated by video projections and an eerie soundscape.

The aesthetic simplicity of the play leaves room for its complex and harrowing content in an intelligent and shocking exploration of the dynamics of race, love and warfare.   

but i cd only whisper is on until 1 December. Call: 020 7503 1646 for tickets, or visit: www.arcolatheatre.com/production/arcola/but-i-cd-only-whisper

but i cd only whisper premiers at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston

but i cd only whisper premiers at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston

but i cd only whisper premiers at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston but i cd only whisper in showing at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston

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