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Silent Planet

Silent Planet

Eve Leigh

Oberon Books

Silent Planet is a love story about our love of stories, a passionate and poetic fable about the power of literature in a world in which the wrong words can get you killed.


At the height of the Cold War, dissident writer Gavriil is detained in a Soviet mental prison as a punishment for protesting against the government. His only escape is the prison library, a treasure store of banned literature available to the patients, but off-limits to the prison staff. His interrogator, Yurchak, offers to protect him from torture in exchange for sharing the forbidden stories. Their agreement allows them both a kind of freedom - at the risk of their lives.


Eve Leigh is a playwright, theatremaker, and dramaturg. She trained at the Royal Court Young Writers' Programme and Studio Group and the National Theatre's Directors' Course. Her plays include Stone Face (Finborough Theatre, nominated for three Offies including Best New Play), The Curtain (Young Vic Taking Part), Red Sky at Night (Bush Theatre), Rapture (Soho Theatre), Silent Planet (Finborough Theatre), Plunder (Young Vic Taking Part), Enough (Birmingham REP Young Rep).

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