Not Talking

Produced by Defibrillator Theatre Company and The Arcola, the stage premiere of Olivier award winning playwright Mike Barlett’s first play ran from 25th April - 2nd June 2018. 

'A gripping and lyrical drama which blasts open cultures of silence with small acts of protest, Chopin and occasional dancing to Westlife.' 


James Hillier


Arcola Theatre


David Horovitch

Kika Markham

Gemma Lawrence 

Lawrence Walker


News and reviews for ‘Not Talking’

**** “A startlingly powerful play”
Time Out

**** “Remarkable..Compelling and compassionate from first to last”
The Stage

**** “Characters you feel you know, telling stories you want to hear’
What’s On Stage

**** “Radio’s loss is London theatre’s gain”
Evening Standard

**** “Deftly directed by James Hillier”
Mail On Sunday

**** “Strikingly relevant”
Morning Star

**** “A storming success”
London Theatre 1

***** “Beautifully delivered”
London Theatre Reviews

*****” An intergenerational tale that’s both intimate and far-reaching”
My Theatre Mates

***** “Oozes class”
Hackney Gazette