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Mike Bartlett

MIKE BARTLETT

  (1980 - )

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    The Agency (London) Ltd  

Playwright Mike Bartlett's first professional Theatre job was as an assistant Director on Soldiers at the Finborough Theatre in 2004. He subsequently co-directed Lark Rise to Candleford with John Terry of Shapeshifter, and wrote three plays for the Finborough Theatre  Fearing, Leaving and Falling in 2005. His plays include My Child, Contractions, Cock (Royal Court Theatre) and artefacts (Bush Theatre, Nabokov and Off Broadway). His radio plays include Not Talking, the Steps (Radio 3), Love Contract, the Family Man, Liam (Radio 4). He has also directed Honest (Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton), Class (Tristan Bates Theatre) and co-directed King arthur with John Terry (Arcola Theatre). Mike's play Cock won the Olivier award for Outstanding achievement in an affiliate Theatre in 2010. He won the Old Vic New Voices award for artefacts, the Writer's Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for Not Talking, and was the Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Royal Court Theatre in 2007.

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        13         Artefacts         Bull         Chariots Of Fire         Cock         Come to Where I am From         Contractions         Earthquakes In London         Enemy, The         Falling         Fearing         Game         He Said. . .         Intervention, An         King Charles III         Leaving         Lesson, The         Love At Last         Love, Love, Love         Medea         My Child         Silent Charities         Stuff I Buried In A Small Town         Swimming For Beginners         Thrown         Why People Really Burn



13

13
Morning in London, autumn 2011. across the city, people wake up from an identical, terrifying dream. at the same moment, a young man named John returns home after years away to find economic gloom, ineffective protest, and a Prime Minister about to declare war. But John has a vision for the future and his ideas inspire an increasing number of followers. With conflict looming in the Middle-east, their protest takes them to the centre of the city, to the heart of government, where coincidences, omens and visions collide with political reality. I want you to work out what you long for and go for it with all your talent and all your conviction and don't give a shit if you seem outrageous or stupid, or unfashionable. . . all that's needed, in the end, is belief. From the writer of earthquakes in London comes an epic new play. Set in a dark and magical landscape of singing pensioners, fanatical atheists and imminent apocalypse, it depicts a London both familiar and strange, a London staring into the void. In a year which has seen governments fall and hundreds of thousands take to the streets, 13 explores the meaning of personal responsibility, the hold that the past has over the future and the nature of belief itself. What I'm saying is, you're right, there is silence. . . But you can read something into it.

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Artefacts

Artefacts
Sixteen-year-old Kelly has never known her Dad. Turns out he's from Iraq, which her mum never mentioned, and he's brought an ancient Mesopotamian vase as some kind of present. But Kelly doesn't want a vase. She wants her dad to stay and get to know her. It's not the reunion either of them expected and for Kelly, it's the beginning of an epic and dangerous journey.

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Winner of the Old Vic New Voices Award 2006. Co-production with nabokov

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Bull

Bull
It's not the losing that matters, - it's the taking part. Faced with recession and cutbacks, the company has decided to lose someone from Thomas's team. He is determined it won't be him, but his two colleagues have other ideas. Written in the form of a bull-fight, with graphic language and imagery, Bull depicts ritual competition and bullying in the modern work place.

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Chariots Of Fire

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Bring me my Bow of burning gold; Bring me my Chariot of fire! 1924. the Paris Olympic Games. a devout Scottish Christian runs for the glory of God. the son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew runs to overcome prejudice. Two young track athletes who live for the beautiful purity of running and who prevail in the face of overwhelming odds. Based on the extraordinary true story of Eric Liddell and Harold abrahams, Chariots of Fire is an Olympic tale of hope, honour and belief.

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Based on the enigma Productions Limited Motion Picture

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Cock

Cock
takes a playful, candid look at one man's sexuality and the difficulties that arise when you realise you have a choice

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Play/Drama. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest

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Come to Where I am From

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Sixty one playwrights from across the UK return to their home towns to write plays about the places that shaped them. At 14 theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays will be performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale. Come To Where I'm From is a theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is.

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Contractions

Contractions
"Come in. Sit down. How are you?" Emma's been seeing Darren. She thinks she's in love. Her boss thinks she's in breach of contract. the situation needs to be resolved. an ink-black comedy about work and play, which invites the audience to a meeting at the centre of the Royal Court building.

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Earthquakes In London

Earthquakes In London
Mike Bartlett's new play is an imaginative investigation into the perils we currently face. environmental disaster, economic meltdown and moral bankruptcy threaten to overwhelm a disperate group of individuals, united only in their growing sense of panic and of isolation. With wit, imagination and humanity, Bartlett investigates the potential for change and the possibility of hope.
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Methuen Drama    978-1408132821

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Enemy, The

Enemy, The
No-one can forget the moment they heard the news. September 11th, 2001 sent shockwaves across the globe. It was a day that was supposed to change the world forever.Ten years on, a team of major writers and thinkers explore our responses to the defining event of our times in a new production from Headlong, creators of the multi award-winning eNRON. Rupert Goold's theatre company transforms a former trading hall into an immersive theatrical experience, taking you from the tranquil setting of St Katharine Docks on the River Thames to the bright blue skies of downtown Manhattan and beyond.

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part of Decade: Two towers. Ten years. Twenty plays. Ten years After 9/11, twenty international writers respond to the defining event of our times. Published here Are their individual plays, which woven together formed the basis of Decade, An immersive theatrical production from Headlong theatre company. the writers: Samuel Adamson, Mike Bartlett, Alecky Blythe, Adam Brace, Ben ellis, Ella Hickson, Samuel D. Hunter, John Logan, Matthew Lopez, Mona Mansour, DC Moore, Abi Morgan, Rory Mullarkey, Janine Nabers, Lynn Nottage, Harrison David Rivers, Simon Schama, Christopher Shinn, Beth Steel, Alexandra Wood.

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Commodity Quay, St Katharine Docks, London E1W 1Az     01 Sep 2011

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Falling

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Fearing

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Kate has a crush on her English teacher - so does the rest of the sixth form. Andy borrows a cd from a pupil and chats to her after class. Paul dreams of bombs being left at the school gates and terrorists in the gym

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Game

Game
In a housing crisis, a young couple are offered a home of their own. But at what price? Invasive and unnerving, the World Premiere of Mike Bartlett's provocative play invites us to spy on a family as they explore a dangerous new way to live.

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He Said. . .

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Part of the Broken Space Season - plays that Are performed either with domestic lighting or in semi-darkness

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Bush Theatre, London, Eur >>>     09 Oct 2008

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Intervention, An

Intervention, An
A touching, funny play about what happens when you hate your best friend. One of them went on the anti-war protest, shouted their lungs out, then got horrendously and staggeringly drunk. The other stayed at home, watched TV for a bit, and thought about the future.

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King Charles III

King Charles III
The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? Mike Bartlett's controversial new play explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain's most famous family. The play draws on the style and structure of a Shakespearean history play, with much of the dialogue written in blank verse, a comic subplot, and even the occasional appearance of a significant ghost. . .

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Leaving

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Lesson, The

Synopsis:
absurdist teacher/pupil relationship. In this power-play of verbal dominance, an old professor finds youth in a new pupil.

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Original Playwright - Eugene Ionesco

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Love At Last

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival     2002

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Love, Love, Love

Love, Love, Love
1967. Kenneth and Sandra know the world is changing. and they want some of it. Love, Love, Love takes on the baby boomer generation as it retires, and finds it full of trouble. Smoking, drinking, affectionate and paranoid, one couple journeys forty-years from initial burst to full bloom. the play follows their idealistic teenage years in the 1960s to their stint as a married family unit before finally divorced and, although disintegrated, free from acrimony. their children, on the other hand, bitterly rail against their parents' irresponsibility and their relaxed, laissez-faire attitude. This play by Olivier award-winning writer Mike Bartlett questions whether the baby boomer generation is to blame for the debt-ridden and adrift generation of their children, now adults but far from stable and settled.

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Paines Plough and Plymouth Drum

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Methuen Drama    978-1408140635

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Medea

Medea
If theres a God, which at the moment I DOUBT, I want you to curse him. If theres any justice, I want them  both of them - in a car crash. Her husbands gone and her future isnt bright. Imprisoned in her marital home, Medea cant work, cant sleep, and increasingly cant cope. While her child plays, she plots her revenge.

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Original Playwright - Euripides. This startlingly modern version of Euripides' classic tragedy explores how in today's world a mother, fuelled by anger at her husband's infidelity, might be driven to commit the worst possible crime. A new version by Mike Bartlett. Featuring Rachael Stirling as Medea.

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Methuen 2012   978-1408183915

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My Child

My Child
a Father finds himself being phased out of his son's life. Denied access to his only child, he goes to extraordinary lengths to hold on to him. My Child throws us into a violent world where good intentions count for very little, and offers an incisive, honest look at what it means to be a good parent.

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Silent Charities

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thea has left everything behind to move to earl's Court. Rob already lives there, collecting on the street for amnesty, but has had enough and wants to leave. as old friends let them down, loved ones are abandoned, charities make profits and strangers stop to help, they begin to question their own ideals and to explore the real value of benevolence.

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Stuff I Buried In A Small Town

Stuff I Buried In A Small Town
a traditional, naturalistic play that deals with a wide variety of issues in a convincing and authentic way

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Heat and Light Company

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Methuen Drama    978-1408106730

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Young audiences

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Swimming For Beginners

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Workshop Theatre, Leeds     2002

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Thrown

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about surveillance, intrusion and identity

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part of Rough Cuts

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Why People Really Burn

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival     2003

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