First Look at… Not Talking, Arcola Theatre

Production images for the world premiere of Mike Bartlett’s Not Talking have been released. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect… 

Not Talking at the Arcola Theatre. David Horovitch (James) Laurence Walker (Mark) Photo by Lidia Crisafulli.jpg
(c) Lidia Crisafulli. 

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?

Presented by Defibrillator and the Arcola Theatre, Mike Bartlett’s never-been-seen-before play opens the cultures of silence with small acts of protest, Chopin and occasional dancing to Westlife and now makes its stage premiere at the Arcola Theatre.

Not Talking at the Arcola Theatre. Gemma Lawrence (Amanda) Photo by Lidia Crisafulli.jpg
(c)Lidia Crisafulli. 

Written in 2005 and was first broadcast as a radio play on BBC Radio3 in 2007, going on to win the Imison and Tinniswood Awards, Not Talking is directed by Artistic Director of Defibrillator James Hillier. The cast includes: David Horovitch (James), Gemma Lawrence (Amanda), Kika Markham (Lucy) and Lawrence Walker (Mark).

Not Talking at the Arcola Theatre. Kika Markham (Lucy) Photo by Lidia Crisafulli.jpg
(c)Lidia Crisafulli. 

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) and  An Intervention (Paines Plough/Watford).

James Hillier’s previous credits include A Lie of The Mind by Sam Shepard (Southwark Playhouse), Terry Johnson’s Insignificance at Langham Place, New York; the première production of Tennessee Williams’ The Hotel Plays at the Grange Hotel in 2012 and The Langham, London in 2014; The Armour (also The Langham, winner of an award at Le Miami Rebels), and Hard Feelings (Finborough Theatre).

Not Talking continues to play at the Arcola Theatre until the 2nd June. For more information visit:


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