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Not Talking

Mike Bartlett

Directed by: James Hillier

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“If I don’t want to tell anyone, it’s up to me, right?”

A relationship where it has become impossible to talk. A system that protects abuse of power. How do you speak out?

Not Talking is the never-before-seen first play by Olivier award-winning writer Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, King Charles III, Albion).

Written in 2005, this gripping and lyrical drama blasts open cultures of silence with small acts of protest, Chopin and occasional dancing to Westlife.


Post-show events

Q&A with Mike Bartlett

A unique opportunity for audiences to hear from the man behind Doctor Foster, King Charles III and Albion. Join us for a Q&A discussing with Mike Bartlett his writing and how it feels to have his very first play brought to the stage, 10 years after being penned.
Tuesday 22 May, after 7/30pm performance (free to attend with a show ticket that evening)


Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations

There will be a free discussion for audience members with the Not Talking team hosted by Jeannie from Arcola’s community.
Saturday 5 May, after 3pm matinee performance

Talking about Not Talking

Join director James Hillier and the cast of Not Talking in a free Q&A about bringing to life this never-before-seen play.
Wednesday 9 May, after 7.30pm performance