The two hot playwrights in the UK now are James Graham and Mike Bartlett. Mr Bartlett has been responsible for Dr Foster on tv, and the wonderful King Charles III. He is a very prolific chap.
His first ever play, Not Talking, was never produced on stage. It was nabbed and turned into an award winning Radio 3 play. Now the Arcola has but it on as a 75 minute four hander.
It is really four separate one person plays, with intertwined stories and the actors/characters not interacting.
It’s an interesting piece. Having seem Brief Encounter the night before, there were similarities: restrained emotions, not discussing things, Englishness, pianos…
The night I attended, the actors and director talked about how it was to create such a piece. On the face of it, it seems simple. For the actors, though, there are challenges. You need a good cast, and this is.
You might wonder about the staging, but that is just a weirdness of the theatre.
It won’t transfer to central London, so see it if you possibly can.