In a play for our times from Defibrillator ; Gemma Lawrence tells the story of isolation in the tower blocks on the outskirts of the city. Two women socially distanced on the sixth floor of twin tower blocks can only see each other when they are on their balconies but somehow they form a connection in their own minds.
Mike Bartlett is well on his way to becoming established as our best living British playwright. I see only Tom Stoppard as his competition. Twelve years ago, this was his first play, not published until 2011 by Methuen as a part of the first collection of Mike Bartlett plays but Not Talking had never been produced onstage until James Hillier of Defibrillator proposed it.
The catharsis of Adelle Leonce's performance as Angel will haunt me for a long time as she brings to life the searing hurt of Nat Martello-White's terrific writing.