Mark Lawson To Host Q&A With Olivier Award-Winning Mike Bartlett As NOT TALKING Opens At Arcola Theatre

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As Mike Bartlett's first play Not Talking receives its world stage première at Arcola Theatre, Defibrillator and Arcola Theatre, today announce a post-show Q&A session with the Olivier Award-winning playwright. Journalist, Mark Lawson will host a post-show talk with Bartlett on Monday 14 May - the play beings at 7.30pm with the talk following at 8.45pm.

This will be an opportunity for audiences to ask the man behind the hit drama Dr Foster how it feels to finally have his first ever play, penned over 10 years ago, finally take to the stage.

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.

Mike Bartlett's Olivier Award-winning plays for the theatre include King Charles III, Bull and Cock. His other credits include Albion (Almeida Theatre), Wild (Hampstead Theatre), Game (Almeida Theatre), King Charles III (Almeida Theatre/Wyndham's Theatre/Music Box Theatre, New York), An Intervention (Paines Plough/Watford), Bull (Sheffield Theatres/Off-Broadway/Young Vic), Medea (Headlong/Glasgow Citizens/Watford Palace Theatre/Warwick Arts Centre), Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre/Gielgud Theatre), 13 (National Theatre), Decade (co-writer Headlong), Earthquakes in London (Headlong, National Theatre), Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough/Plymouth Theatre Royal/Royal Court Theatre/Roundabout Theatre Company, New York), Cock, Contractions, My Child (Royal Court Theatre), Artefacts (Bush Theatre/nabokov). Plays for the radio: King Charles III, Cock, Heart, The Core, Family Man, Love Contract (BBC Radio 4) and The Steps.

Mark Lawson is a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He is a critic and feature writer for The Guardian, theatre critic of The Tablet, and also writes regularly for The New Statesman and Radio Times. His work as a broadcaster includes Front Row and Foreign Bodies, Mark Lawson Talks To... and Late Review/Newsnight Review (BBC2). His three-part series, Thinking Outside the Box-Set: The Way We Watch Now was recently heard on BBC Radio 4. He has published five novels, most recently The Allegations, and his latest radio play, The Deletion Committee was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Defibrillator was established in 2011 to bring a spark of life to stories that have been forgotten or in need of creative re-invention. The company has a growing reputation for delivering inspiring and entertaining theatre in both conventional and non-theatre settings.

Arcola is one of London's leading off-West End theatres. Locally engaged and internationally minded, it stages a diverse programme of plays, operas and musicals. World-class productions from major artists appear alongside cutting-edge work from the most exciting emerging companies. Arcola delivers one of London's most extensive community engagement programmes, creating over 11,000 opportunities every year. By providing research and development space to diverse artists, Arcola champions theatre that's more engaging and representative. Its pioneering environmental initiatives are internationally renowned, and aim to make Arcola the world's first carbon-neutral theatre.

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