Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell

Written by:

Trina Davies

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 2
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Biography

Themes:

Family
Technology

Length:

120 min.

Year Written:

2017

Synopsis:

Silence looks at the real-life characters of AG Bell, his wife and his family. Born in Scotland and brought to Canada because his parents wanted to improve his ill health, Alexander Graham Bell was pushed into the family obsession: education for the deaf. A man with a very curious mind, while in Boston Bell found himself staying up nights and forgetting to eat while he tinkered with his latest invention. One of the students he tutored during the day was an upper class girl, the daughter of a patent lawyer, who had become deaf as a child due to illness. Few people knew of her disability, as her speech was exceptional. However, she was sent to Bell to improve her performance. Mabel fell in love with her socially awkward, sometimes unkempt tutor. The play will explore the idea of what constitutes ‘real communication’ between individuals. Bell invented a device that has connected people all over the world in a way he could never have foreseen. However, this device was of little use to him, as he could not use it to communicate with either his wife or his mother, who were both deaf.” (From the Playwright’s Website)

Characters:

Mabel Gardiner Hubbard (Bell)

Alexander Graham Bell (“Alec”, British accent)

Gertrude Mercer McCurdy Hubbard (Mabel’s mother)

Gardiner Greene Hubbard (Mabel’s father)

Berta (Roberta) Hubbard (Mabel’s sister)

Eliza Bell (Alec’s mother)

First Produced:

2018, The Grand Theatre, London, ON

Resources:

Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell is available through Playwrights Canada Press.

Information available through the Playwright’s Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell can also be accessed through the Canadian Play Outlet.

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