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#11 fringefan

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:13 AM

I wish I had paid attention to the fact that this was a Mike Bartlett version, as that would have warned me off.  I couldn't believe the rave reviews for Love, Love, Love, which I found to be another thin mess.  Can't recall what else I've seen in which he's had a hand but am sure he has now notched up his 3 turkeys as far as I'm concerned and is off my list.

#12 xanderl

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:27 AM

Earthquakes in London and 13 were him, I think
"witty ... both made me laugh but also gave me pause" - Mark Shenton, The Stage

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:22 PM

Cock (didn't see sadly)
Earthquakes in London (Great)
Love, Love, Love (Great)
13 (very good)
Chariots of Fire (good, but a good story already I suppose)
Medea (enjoyable)
Bull (Upcoming in Sheffield - booking shortly)
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:52 PM

And My Child was the first new Downstairs show of Dominic Cooke's time leading the Royal Court. Incredibly fast-moving and involving without being obvious - clear and unclear at the same time, in the most satisfying way.

I found Love Love Love exhilarating until the third act when it seemed to settle into the rut of a clearly stated argument, but maybe I misunderstood that. It was so refreshing for this big new play to tour main theatres across Britain for several months.

I've seen Earthquakes in London twice - firstly the proscenium theatre revival of the original production and secondly an immersive three-dimensional promenade final show at a leading drama school. That showed his plays have plenty of scope for future imaginative productions.

#15 fringefan

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:42 PM

Well, Mr Bartlett clearly has a following; maybe I just don't appreciate his approach, which seems to me to place style and scale over substance.

#16 Cardinal Pirelli

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:01 PM

View Postdude-1981, on 27 November 2012 - 01:22 PM, said:

Cock (didn't see sadly)
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Bull (Upcoming in Sheffield - booking shortly)

Cock and Bull?

Put me in the like camp for Bartlett, Earthquakes in London and Love, Love, Love in particular.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:58 PM

View PostCardinal Pirelli, on 27 November 2012 - 04:01 PM, said:

Cock and Bull?


Yes, there was a reading of Bull at the Finborough in, I think, Summer '10 and it's now becoming a full show.  I don't know what connection they have as I haven't seen either.

In fact here is a piece on the reading - http://oughttobeclow...finborough.html
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:11 PM

Bartlett fans may be interested to know his first TV series "The Town" is on ITV next Wednesday at 9:00

http://www.itv.com/p...wn/default.html

"witty ... both made me laugh but also gave me pause" - Mark Shenton, The Stage




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