I am delighted to welcome Cendrine Marrouat to Robbie’s Inspiration with her new Three-Act Play, In the Silence of Words.
You can read Day 1 of this tour here: Writing to be Read
Writing a play as a poet
In the western world, we struggle to talk about death and depression. The stigma around mental illness is still very real. Overall, we have quite an unhealthy relationship with what scares us.
A little while after releasing Short Poetry for Those Who Fear Death (2006), I received an email from a reader who stated that the book had saved their life. It was an incredible comment, and I was very happy to know that my poems had been instrumental in helping them feel better.
To me, the event confirmed something that I had always known. The uniqueness of the poetic language allows it to be used to tackle heavy topics in a much less threatening manner than many other types of literature. Having been deeply affected by several plays, I knew that this rule applied to theatre too.
My play, In the Silence of Words, was born out of a simple premise: How the suicide of a loved one can lead to a deep understanding of oneself. The challenge was to present the story in such a way as to be relatable and meaningful at the same time. I wanted to trigger conversations around several important topics, including the importance of mental wellbeing.
In the Silence of Words is loosely inspired by some major events in my life. This helped me visualize all the scenes and put myself in all my characters’ shoes. I spoke every bit of dialogue before typing it. Finally, I imagined myself as my own readers to try and understand how they would react to the whole plot.
Very early on, I realized that my writing process followed the concept behind the haiku, a very short poetry form that relies heavily on the unsaid to reveal meaning and that “does the talking” with a very limited number of words. The more I consciously took advantage of that “quirk,” the more naturally the story flowed and made sense to me.
At the end of 2007, I made the definite version of In the Silence of Words available to a dozen people. All of them felt that they had met the characters before. Most importantly, they described how they each had found one element to which they could strongly relate and that had given them an appreciation for life. Apparently, several readers even had eye-opening conversations with friends and family about the topics in the play! I had achieved my goal…
Years later, I finally decided to release the play as a book. The feedback and reviews I have received so far are all beautiful. This one makes me particularly proud:
“You know a play is well written when you can see the performance in your mind just from the dialogue. Cendrine Marrouat accomplishes this with ‘In the Silence of Words: A Three-Act Play’. This story is very moving with the loss of Cassandra’s mother and the resulting questions about self sacrifice. It’s almost a mystery as we pick through the past, but the heart of the play is a moral and emotional tug of war. It’s a beautiful read, especially if you love the theatre!” –
Thank you for reading!
In the Silence of Words: A Three-Act Play
- Formats: ebook and paperback
- Release date: 2018 (second edition 2021)
- Availability: Everywhere books are sold, including Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Chapters-Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and FNAC. Readers are encouraged to support independent bookstores: https://creativeramblings.com/books/.
- Website: https://creativeramblings.com/silence-words-play/
It’s the beginning of September. 30-year-old Cassandra Philip has just lost her mother. The secret she uncovers shortly after the funeral resurrects the ghosts of the past, while threatening the present and shattering her pre-conceived notions of what the future is supposed to hold…
In the Silence of Words is not just a story of loss. It also questions the validity of personal sacrifice in a world that seeks to preserve the status quo over the needs of the soul.
Cendrine Marrouat is a French-born Canadian photographer, poet, and the multi-genre author of more than 30 books. In 2019, she founded the PoArtMo Collective and co-founded Auroras & Blossoms with David Ellis. A year later, they launched PoArtMo (Positive Art Month and Positive Art Moves) and created the Kindku and Pareiku, two forms of poetry.
Cendrine is also the creator of the Sixku, the Flashku, and the Reminigram. Cendrine writes both in French and English and has worked in many different fields in her 17-year career, including translation, language instruction, journalism, art reviews, and social media.
Books: – Songs in Our Paths: Haiku & Photography (Volume 2) (2021)
– Seizing the Bygone Light: A Tribute to Early Photography (2021) (Co-author)
– 30 Creative Prompts to Take Your Art to the Next Level (2021) (Co-author)
– Rhythm Flourishing: A Collection of Kindku and Sixku (2020) (Co-author)
– The Auroras & Blossoms PoArtMo Anthology: 2020 Edition (Co-editor)
– The Auroras & Blossoms NaPoWriMo Anthology: 2020 Edition (Co-editor)
– The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences: Build Yours, Keep It, and Win (2014 – Second edition 2020)
– Blog Your Way to Success: 35+ No-Nonsense Tips for Authors and Writers (2020)
– Walks: A Collection of Haiku (All the Volumes and More!) (2020)
– Photography of Life and Living: The Black and White Book (2020) (Co-author)
– Songs in Our Paths: Haiku & Photography (Volume 1) (2020)
– Bad. Pitches. Period. 30 Flavors of Spammy Emails (2020)
– The Heart of Space (2020) – My Twitter Workbook: 20 Tips to Get Noticed and Followed (2020) (Co-author)
– My Positivity Journal: 100 Action Verbs and Affirmations for Daily Inspiration (2020) (Co-author)
– My Poetry Workbook: 20 Tips to Write Great Poems (2020) (Co-author)
– My Creative Journal: 40 Prompts to Take Your Writing to the Next Level! (2020) (Co-author)
– My Marketing Workbook: Promotional Tips For Poets (2020) (Co-author)
– Dans le silence des mots: Une pièce en trois actes (2019) – Walks: A Collection of Haiku (Volume 3) (2019)
– Walks: A Collection of Haiku (Volume 2) (2019)
– Walks: A Collection of Haiku (Volume 1) (2019)
– In the Silence of Words: A Three-Act Play (2018)
– Life’s Little Things: The Quotes (2017)
– Life’s Little Things – Les petites choses de la vie (2016)
– When the Mind Travels: A Poetic Journey into Photography (2015)
– The Little Big eBook on Blogging: 40 Traffic Generation Tips (2012)
– Five Years and Counting: A Journey into the Mind of Soul Poetry (2010)
– Project: Heartbeats and Elevation (2009) – Short Poetry for Those Who Fear Death (2006)
– And They All Rejoiced! Soul-Stirring Poetry (2006)
– Sortons des chemins battus (2006)