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Splinter

Hilary Bell’s disquieting thriller channels tabloid news and primal fears alike.

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Category: Theatre
Show: Splinter
Company: Griffin Theatre
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Splinter

Date: 31 Jul 2019

Hilary Bell’s play is a nerve-jangling study of a relationship in crisis, centred on a five-year-old child who, after going missing for nine months, is returned to her parents.

Her whereabouts during that time remain a mystery. The mechanism of her return is unexplained.

Griffin hasn’t staged a thriller since 2015, when it presented Aidan Fennessy’s The House on the Lake.

“That play brought in a whole new audience – people who just love thrillers,” Lewis says. “It’s just like in the literature world, there are people who only buy thrillers and there’s such a turn of the screw in this play. I got the chills when I read it again.”

Lewis will direct Simon Gleeson (Les Miserables) and Lucy Bell.

“I love the mystery of it, and I love the shifting sands nature of it where you don’t know as an audience what is real, what to believe,” says Lucy Bell. “I find it truly terrifying. I don’t read horror and I don’t watch horror films. But I do love being deeply shaken and being asked to look at my fears, and this play does that for me.”

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