Liz is both writer and performer and she portrays Carson's journey from obscure marine biologist to a successful writer and environmental campaigner. The theatre piece is engaging and it is presented with poise and assurance for the entire performance, which lasts 75 minutes.
Carson introduces herself to us from the grave, narrating her life story and sharing her passion for the natural world. The first night coincided with the exact centenary of Carson's birth, and her work should chime with resonance today as environmental concerns become acute. Yet Carson's best known work remains widely unread if you are under forty, or neglected on the shelf if you are older.
Liz Rothschild, director Sue Mayo and team deftly break the silence about this courageous woman who spoke another, earlier inconvenient truth. To be left out of McEwan's pantheon of boys and trainspotters is almost a recommendation in itself. We have still not learned Carson's lesson, and Breaking the Silence is an excellent and timely reminder of that fact.