Director James Hillier chatted to Emma Clarendon about Sunnymead Court by Gemma Lawrence, playing at the Tristan Bates Theatre from 22 September 2020.
Such pleasure in watching Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins onstage plus The Height of the Storm at the Wyndham’s Theatre is great for post-show reconstruction of this deconstructed story.
The observations and insights that Bartlett injects in No Talking have an accumulative effect so that by the end of the play, we see the ‘magnitude’ of the absent conversation.
A treat here in the premiere of Mike Bartlett’s first-ever play, never seen before in a theatre. But something of a qualified treat, because 2005’s Not Talking was written as a radio play and as sumptuously cast as James Hiller’s production is, it’s a drama that never really escapes these origins.
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.
Following high-profile productions of Fool for Love and, currently at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios starring Ed Harris, Buried Child, London has another major Sam Shepard revival to look forward to. Defibrillator presents a new production of Shepard’s 1985 play A Lie of the Mind at Southwark Playhouse this spring. Helmed by artistic director James Hillier, it will run from 4 to …
Experimental family drama is very powerful, but its theatrical form is too complicated for its own good.