The Dryden Society presents...
And I And Silence
By Naomi Wallace
Easter Week 7
“You put rags in your mind, you got nothing.” 1950: Jamie and Dee meet in prison. Two girls, one white, one black; with 9 years, each other, and not a hell of a lot else. They play, they fight, they fantasize and, above all, they practice. Because practice makes perfect and when they’re out of here they’ve got plans. They’re going places. Then its 1959 and time for those plans to be realised. But life on the outside ain’t no picnic, and surviving is going to cost them everything they have.
Following the lives of two women in their struggle against poverty, segregation and abuse, And I And Silence is a play that explores our ability to transcend our surroundings. In Jamie and Dee’s struggle to survive, can fantasy ever be enough?
Naomi Wallace’s play was named one of Lynn Gardner’s Best Plays of 2011, after its premier at the Finborough Theatre in London.