An extraordinary story of two girls struggle to be heard

Shared Experience (Bronte, After Mrs Rochester, Jane Eyre) presents the astonishing story of identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons.

Refusing to speak to adults, the twins communicate in their own private language, their only relationship being an intense and turbulent bond with each other. Speechless is a powerful portrayal of the twins secret world and their struggle to find a voice against all odds.

The winner of a Fringe First Award 2010, Speechless is directed and co-written by Artistic Director of Shared Experience, Polly Teale. Celebrated for her potent visual and imaginative style, Polly won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director for her own play After Mrs Rochester, which also won the Time Out Award for Best West End Production.

Shared Experience and Sherman Cymru present
by Linda Brogan & Polly Teale
Based on The Silent Twins by Marjorie Wallace

Directed by Polly Teale

An astounding story and a riveting play… BRILLIANT
The Independent

Enitrely absorbing
The Times

Mesmerising… Gripping… Poignant… Thought provoking
The Daily Telegraph



Join us after the performance on 17 November for a special post-show panel discussion – chaired by Joan Bakewell with panellists including Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Olivia Lousada – exploring a range of responses to the play’s themes of belonging, identity and disenfranchisement.