Sound of Silence
Chloe Todd Fordham

An antique and very valuable ngoni – a traditional Mali instrument – goes on an extraordinary journey through hands and personal stories from England to Africa and back. This engaging and far reaching story explores how lives are destroyed through war and conflict, whilst championing music as a vital expression of resilience and resistance against the destructive power of fundamentalism.

“The penalty for having an instrument on the premises is one finger. I don’t have enough fingers on my hands for your instruments”

Chloe’s first play Land’s End was selected for inclusion in the Arcola Theatre’s inaugural PlayWrought Festival and was one of 6 plays shortlisted for Theatre503’s Playwriting Award in November last year. Sound of Silence is her second play. She is currently under commission with Theatre503 through their writers residency scheme, 503Five, and was one of give writers collaborating on Elexion earlier this year, which was co-written by the 503Five. She has had short plays presented at Theatre503 (Rogan Josh), RichMix (Girls) and RADA (Sound Bites). Chloe has always written in one form or another, but started writing seriously for theatre when she was invited to take part in the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, and went on to do an MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths University.