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Exclusive Screening at Theatre by the Lake: Making Noise Quietly

Making Noise Quietly by Open Palm Films

[T]heatre by the Lake is excited to be hosting an exclusive screening of Open Palm Films debut feature film, Making Noise Quietly, directed by Dominic Dromgoole. The broadcast is a special fundraiser for Theatre by the Lake, with all proceeds going towards the theatre’s work with young people.

Adapted from the award-winning play by Robert Holman, Making Noise Quietly is a delicate, witty and poetic triptych of stories that paint a human picture of the subtly devastating effects of war. Filmed on location in Kent, Yorkshire and Germany, it stars Deborah Findlay, Trystan Gravelle, Barbara Marten and Geoffrey Streatfeild.

A conscientious objector and a roaming artist find tenderness as the carnage of the Second World War unfolds across the English Channel. A bereaved mother struggles with bitterness and love in recollecting her son, lost in the Falklands. Deep in the Black Forest of Germany, an ageing holocaust survivor seeks to bring peace to a disturbed young boy and his equally wild step-father.

After the screening, the film’s director and founder of Open Palm Films, Dominic Dromgoole will be joined by Theatre by the Lake’s Artistic Director, Conrad Lynch for an informal post-show discussion.

Dominic Dromgoole, who is also former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe and the Director of the current Oscar Wilde season in the West End said: “Making Noise Quietly was the play which opened my eyes to the theatre’s capacity to tell new and surprising stories.  I saw it in 1986 in a luminous production at the old Bush Theatre. It has since become a modern classic, with subsequent productions in the West End, the Donmar Warehouse and all over the world.”

“It was thrilling to take these stories out of a theatre and sit them in the world they were imagined for, and to watch how they grew. Small, modest and oblique, they have a powerful reach, and live up to our film company Open Palm’s stated ambition of making chamber epics.”

Dave Cryer, learning and participation manager at Theatre by the Lake said, “We’re delighted that this event will be supporting the work Theatre by the Lake does in reaching and engaging young people of all ages in the Arts across Cumbria. We’re committed to providing as wide a range of experience as possible and it is only through exterior funding coming in to support us that we’re able to reach out to so many schools.”

​Making Noise Quietly is showing in Theatre by the Lake’s Main House on Sun 1 July at 7.15pm. Tickets are £9. To find out more call the Box Office on 017687 74411 or visit

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