Second World Premiere for ArtsEd’s Head of Acting and Playwright Gareth Farr


Award-winning playwright Gareth Farr teaches all three year groups on the Acting BA course at ArtsEd, directs creative projects and co-ordinates visiting staff and industry professionals. He has also found time to write The Quiet House, following on from his Bruntwood Prize-winning debut, Britannia Waves the Rules which premiered at the Royal Exchange Manchester in 2014.  

The Quiet House receives its world premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Thursday 26 May, directed by Tessa Walker, followed by a five-week run at the Park Theatre, London.

“It’s passing on your thoughts, your personality, a part of yourself, your DNA.  If we don’t do that what are we? We’re just dust.”

Jess and Dylan are in love. They want a family. That’s all they have ever wanted.

This ordinary couple find themselves on an extraordinary journey when they put their faith in science and their relationship through the ultimate test.

The Quiet House was initially inspired by Gareth and his wife, Gabby’s own experience:

“I wrote it on the back of four years of fertility treatment during which I became interested in writing about something which people – particularly men – just weren’t talking about. This play is about hope. It’s about anyone who has focused so fiercely on the notion of hope, and clung to it so tightly, that it either breaks or it hardens and becomes a tangible thing.” Gareth Farr

ArtsEd would like to wish Gareth, the cast and creative teams the best of luck for the production.


The Quiet House

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
26 May – 4 June

Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, London N4 3JP
7 June – 11 July