Walk with us through this everyday city

And listen in to its everyday voices…


Durham City is the setting for The World is Never Quiet, a new play by David Napthine.

Spend a summer’s day with a cast of characters inspired by visitors to the world’s first major exhibition on voice-hearing – Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everyday – that took place at Durham University’s Palace Green Library from November 2016 to February 2017.

Drawing on his experience as writer in residence for the exhibition, David provides a compelling insight into what it is like to hear voices, with a play that takes its audience on a journey through the streets of Durham and the lives of its residents.

A rehearsed reading of The World is Never Quiet will be taking place on 26 January 2018. Join us in Durham Town Hall at 19:30 for an hour of stories about Durham and its voice-hearers, and help us develop this ground-breaking piece of work by providing feedback in a relaxed session after the event.

All are welcome to this free event, but pre-booking is essential. To reserve your tickets, please visit our eventbrite page.

Refreshments will be provided.

Doors will be open from 19:00. The reading finishes at 20:30, with discussion continuing until 21:00.

‘The World is Never Quiet’ has been produced by Mary Robson on behalf of Hearing the Voice. Hearing the Voice is an interdisciplinary project about voice-hearing led by researchers from Durham University and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

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