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Quiet Songs: Finn Beames & Company

The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award

A person with cello holes in their neck looks upwards as four strings pull down their throat from their mouth.

Sounding out the hidden depths of a human voice, this new show creates a beautifully unsettling world where string instruments are played with swords.

A bullied teenager feels their voice breaking. Can it ever be fixed? In this coming-of-age tale about a young gay person seeking identity in an unkind world, musicians and their instruments become the storytellers. 

Told through a transfixing fusion of words, live music and meticulous staging, Quiet Songs is both an unflinching portrait of adolescence and a moving reminder of what our voices reveal about our truest selves. 

Finn Beames & Company is a changing group of collaborators making music-led work for live performance. Quiet Songs is their first production, as the winner of the 2024 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award.

Running time: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes (no interval)

Age guidance: 14+

This production contains haze. There are references to violence, self-harm and homophobia. 


Funded by The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award and co-produced by Barbican, London and Oedipa.

Image by Rebecca Pitt. 

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No booking fee. Subject to availability.  

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Groups can book at a 20% discount, subject to availability. Contact [email protected] to make a group booking.   

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