Not a lot of plays spring to mind that are set around the year 1002. Silence, which opens tomorrow night at the New Theatre, is one such work, however, with characters including Princess Ymma of Normandy, King Ethelred the Unready and Eadric Longshaft. Set during the Viking raids on England (which explains some of the zany names), the play also features truth-inducing mushrooms, cross-dressing, pantheistic worship and a priest called Roger. If it all sounds too Monty Python, it’s worth considering that the author Moira Buffini also penned Gabriel, a ripping World War II thriller that was one of the best things shown at the New Theatre last year. Silence could be a hoot, and to find out phone 9519 3403 for bookings. Tickets range from $22 to $17, and the New Theatre is at 542 King Street, Newtown.

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