The Silent Treatment

Theatre (storytelling, new writing)

  • Summerhall - Anatomy Lecture Theatre
  • 13:50
  • Aug 18-21, 23-28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Sarah-Louise Young
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Scenes of a sexual nature, Scenes of sexual violence
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The Silent Treatment. A singer loses her voice and embarks on an unexpected journey of self-revelation. Based on a true story, this intimate, funny and uplifting new solo show combines storytelling, physical theatre and song to explore how the body remembers what the mind forgets. From award-winning performer Sarah-Louise Young, creator of An Evening Without Kate Bush and Julie Madly Deeply. Directed by (and with contributions from) Sioned Jones. Music by Christopher Ash. Movement consultant Lucie Pankhurst. ‘A force to be reckoned with’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'A phenomenal voice and talent' ***** (

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Once in the Courtyard, enter through the double doors on ground level, Anatomy is on your right hand side.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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lin grahame 33 days ago

I loved this show with its gutsy variety of music movement and speech. It tells a powerful poignant story. I thought it very clever and well put together. I felt that Sarah Louise Young easily takes the audience with her . Loved it
Thank you

Will So 35 days ago

What a performer, showcasing a wonderful story of how important a voice can be! I have seen Sarah in various cabarets, shows and comedies before. This one certainly was a perfect showcase of personable heartfelt storytelling. It’s definitely got a fun cabaret vibe too for those looking for a softer story telling. Some great moments which bought me from smiles to sadness! A lovely hour of my time!

Lara Matthews 42 days ago

I have seen Sarah-Louise Young in many wonderful shows over the years, as her clever cabaret characters, in her work with Michael Roulston and her biographical shows 'Julie Madly Deeply' and 'An Evening without Kate Bush'.

But this year she has brought a brand new show which is much more personal and fearless. In it she recounts how a singer can lose her voice, and what she has done to get it back.

It is a brave and beautiful piece and highly recommended.

Go see her @Summerhall while you can.

Michelle Joyner 46 days ago

Absolutely wonderful! Revealing and painful, a mystery unfolding all while being hugely entertaining. A glimpse into the life of a dedicated and wounded and gorgeous artist, which left me awed and disturbed in the best of ways. Go!!

Carole Thomson 51 days ago

I absolutely loved this show. It was so honest, brave and personal, dealing with difficult issues in such a creative way. Sarah Louise Young is an amazing talent. So funny, brilliant at engaging with her audience, and a terrific voice. Highly recommended.

Gordon Stanners 54 days ago

I absolutely loved this deeply personal one woman show by the amazing Sarah-Louise Young who delivers a warm, funny, sharp, wonderfully inventive and very moving performance which deserves all the praise and recognition it will undoubtedly receive. Go and see it.

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Musical Theatre Review (4/5 stars) 33 days ago

Sarah-Louise Young is a compelling performer and The Silent Treatment is a real achievement.

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West End Best Friend (5/5 stars) 37 days ago

A wonderfully creative and compelling piece of theatre.

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Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe (5/5 stars) 41 days ago

The Silent Treatment

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The Reviews Hub (4/5 stars) 41 days ago

The reality of premise and enthusiasm Young exudes makes their semi-biographical show a delight to be a part of.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 41 days ago

Complex, rich and moving

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 45 days ago

Young is an intelligent storyteller, and her self-penned work strikes a good balance between informative and entertaining.

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The Recs (5/5 stars) 47 days ago

If you are seeking an alluring and provocative, highly personal one person show, delivered by a hugely talented performer, look no further than The Silent Treatment.

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The Stage (4/5 stars) 50 days ago

Impeccable storytelling unlocking the secrets and guilt around vocal distress

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The Quinntessential Review (5/5 stars) 51 days ago

Honest, entrancing, and utterly compelling. The Silent Treatment is must-see theatre from a dazzlingly talented performer at the height of her powers.

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