David Horovitch, Gemma Lawrence, Kika Markham and Lawrence Walker will lead the cast of the world stage premiere of Mike Bartlett’s Not Talking, directed by James Hillier and playing at London’s Arcola Theatre from 25 April to 2 June 2018 (press night is 1 May).
Lucy knows James has avoided the battle. Mark knows Amanda has fought for her life. But speaking the truth could bring everything crashing down. What happens if we live a life of not talking?
In his gripping and lyrical first play Olivier Award-winning Mike Bartlett unlocks a culture of silence, and gives voice to the human casualties when things are easier done than said. Not Talking was first broadcast as a radio play on BBC Radio 3 in 2007 and went on to win the Imison and Tinniswood Awards.
Not Talking is a co-production between Defibrillator and the Arcola Theatre. James Hillier (artistic director of Defibrillator) directs and is joined the creative team by designer Amy Cook, lighting designer Zoe Spurr, composer/sound Simon Slater, movement director Jack Murphy, assistant director Sara Amini, and associate producer Epsilon Productions.
David Horovitch plays James. His theatre credits include Absurd Person Singular, When We Are Married (Garrick Theatre), Losing Louis (Trafalgar Studios), Taking Sides and Collaboration (Duchess Theatre), Bedroom Farce (Duke of York’s Theatre), Mary Stuart, Life is a Dream (Donmar Warehose), Cymbeline, Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost (RSC), Spinning into Butter, Seven Jewish Children (Royal Court Theatre), Hysteria (Hampstead Theatre), The Tempest, Major Barbara (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Grief (National Theatre).
Gemma Lawrence plays Amanda. Her theatre credits include Wasted (Orange Tree Theatre), All My Sons (Hong Kong Arts Festival), The Tempest (Southwark Playhouse), As You Like It, Children Of The Sun (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), Gaslight (Salisbury Playhouse), Lee Harvey Oswald (Finborough Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Redgrave Theatre), The Wild Party (Bristol Tobacco Factory) and Rough Cuts: The Lion’s Mouth (Royal Court Theatre).
Kika Markham plays Lucy. Her recent theatre credits include Escaped Alone and Tribes (Royal Court Theatre), The Last Yankee (The Print Room), On The Record (Arcola Theatre), Bloody Wimmin, Handbagged and You, Me And Wii (Tricycle Theatre), Bufonidae (Bush Theatre), Homebody/Kabul (Young Vic Theatre), The Vagina Monologues (Ambassadors Theatre), A Wedding Story (Soho Theatre and UK Tour) and Song At Twilight (King’s Head Theatre).
Lawrence Walker plays Mark. His theatre credits include Othello, My Mother Medea, The Owl Who Was Afraid othe Dark (Unicorn Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC) and Back Down (Birmingham Rep).