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Tom Powell (Class of 2008) has a highly acclaimed debut film out now

Tom Powell's play, The Silence & the Noise, won one of the UK's most prestigious new writing prizes in 2021, the Papatango Prize, and was reviewed as a five-star 'modest masterpiece' by The Stage.
5 May 2023
Written by Lucy Tipler
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The Silence & the Noise has now been adapted for film and is Tom Powell's creative exploration of where theatre and film meet, shot entirely on location, and is streaming for anyone, anywhere, for six weeks from April 20th – May 31st.  Feel free to have a watch this bank holiday weekend! 

This new production was described as ‘a delicate, wretched love story that builds its tenderness and tragedy to create an almost epic quality,’ by The Guardian in its review. The film critic continues, ‘The short film is about two teenagers and their unlikely connection in a dark time.  It’s a creative exploration of filming a play, discovering where film and theatre meet. The daughter of an addict and a young man trapped in the drugs trade meet in an unsentimental tale that blends tenderness and tragedy’.

Broadway World said of the film, ‘Powell's script keeps you watching and guessing... Raw, brutal, twisted, and full of rich wordplay’. reviewed it as, ‘Both actors perform brilliantly... a thoughtful production that deals with a number of contemporary issues with uncompromising honesty.’

Trigger Warnings: Strong language, with some references to violence, drug use and domestic abuse.

Suitable for ages: 15+


Tom was the 2020–21 CRF Writer in Residence at Pentabus Theatre and was chosen for the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy 2019/20.  He’s written for Holby City and EastEnders.

His other writing includes I Dare You (Nottingham Playhouse/Curve - shortlisted for the Soho Young Writers’ Award) and Little Echoes (Hope Theatre - published by Methuen/Bloomsbury). He previously won the OTR National Radio Drama Award and the Harry Porter Prize.

He was selected for the BBC Words First spoken word programme, is an Arts Council England/BBC New Creative; his short audio drama Love Beyond the Zoo was broadcast on BBC Radio 4Xtra and is available on BBC Sounds.

Tom is available to chat to our students if they wish to contact him, please email: and we will put you in touch.  He is also on Twitter  @_TPowell_ if you want to follow his fascinating progress.

Best of luck Tom! The film looks really powerful, good luck with the next project – please keep us posted on your news!

If you want to let us know at TWGSB Connect about a new film, play, book or project you are working on we would love to hear about it - please just email as much information as possible and include high resolution photos and attachments to:

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