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by Mike Bartlett. Alison Steadman plays Susan, a recently retired primary school teacher. She sells things on eBay, paints her own version of modern art and grows exotic plants in a poly-tunnel. Her husband Steve is stressed at work and is becoming depressed and increasingly vicious. She hardly recognises him. Even hates him at times. Retirement wasn't meant to be like this.

Directed by Claire Grove

Can love cope with personality change? In Mike Bartlett's play, Steve thinks he is being sidelined by his new young boss. His mounting stress unleashes a ferocity of emotions between him and his wife. Susan tries to be light and funny but it only makes things worse. Mark is actually in a downward spiral into full blown clinical depression. Neither he nor Susan recognise this until it is too late. Alison Steadman and Nicholas Farrell star.

Mike Bartlett is one of the most exciting writers in Britain today. He has worked with Paines Plough, the Royal Court and the National Theatre, where he was writer-in-residence. His play LOVE,LOVE,LOVE won Best New Play in the 2011 Theatre Awards UK and COCK won an Olivier Award in 2010 for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. NOT TALKING for BBC Radio 3 scooped both the Imison Award for Best First Radio Play and The Tinniswood Award for Best Play in 2007. His television series THE TOWN was nominated for a BAFTA for Breakthrough Talent.

20110518

by Mike Bartlett.

Alison Steadman plays Susan, a recently retired primary school teacher.

She sells things on Ebay, paints her own version of modern art and grows exotic plants in a poly-tunnel.

Her husband Steve is stressed at work and is becoming depressed and increasingly vicious.

She hardly recognises him.

Even hates him at times.

Retirement wasn't meant to be like this.

Susan...Alison Steadman

Steve...Nicholas Farrell

Jackie...Joanna Monro

Directed by Claire Grove

Can love cope with personality change? In Mike Bartlett's play, Steve thinks he is being sidelined by his new young boss.

His mounting stress unleashes a ferocity of emotions between him and his wife.

Susan tries to be light and funny but it only makes things worse.

Mark is actually in a downward spiral into full blown clinical depression.

Neither he nor Susan recognise this until it is too late.

Alison Steadman and Nicholas Farrell star.

Mike Bartlett is one of the most exciting writers in Britain today.

His stage play Earthquakes in London directed by Rupert Goold had a successful run at the National Theatre in 2010.

He has written two plays for the Royal Court main stage My Child (2007) and Cock (2009).

The latter is about to transfer to Broadway.

'Not Talking' for Radio 3 scooped both the Imison Award for Best First Play and The Tinniswood Award for Best Play in 2007.

Alison Steadman won over both theatre and television audiences as the grotesquely comic Essex hostess Beverly in Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party.

She has gone on to draw accolades in every decade with standout performances in The Singing Detective, Pride and Prejudice, The Worst Week of My Life and, as another Essex icon, Pamela in Gavin and Stacey.

Can love cope with personality change? Alison Steadman stars.