Earthquakes in London

Mike Bartlett


Earthquakes in London

Earthquakes in London

  • Title: Earthquakes in London
  • Author: Mike Bartlett
  • ISBN: 9781408132821
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Paperback



An all pervasive fear of the future and a guilty pleasure in the excesses of the present drive Mike Bartlett s epic rollercoaster of a play from 1968 to 2525 and back again.Earthquakes in London includes burlesque strip shows, bad dreams, social breakdown, population explosion, worldwide paranoia It is a fast and furious metropolitan crash of people, scenes and decades, aAn all pervasive fear of the future and a guilty pleasure in the excesses of the present drive Mike Bartlett s epic rollercoaster of a play from 1968 to 2525 and back again.Earthquakes in London includes burlesque strip shows, bad dreams, social breakdown, population explosion, worldwide paranoia It is a fast and furious metropolitan crash of people, scenes and decades, as three sisters attempt to navigate their dislocated lives and loves, while their dysfunctional father, a brilliant scientist, predicts global catastrophe.Mike Bartlett s contemporary and directed dialogue combines a strong sense of humanity with epic ambition, as well as finely aimed shafts of political comment embedded effortlessly into every scene Earthquakes in London represents modern playwriting at its most exciting and ambitious.It s Cabaret, we ve got our heads down and we re dancing and drinking as fast as we can The enemy is on its way, but this time it doesn t have guns and gas it has storms and earthquakes, fire and brimstone You were the glimmer At the end of the tunnel And you went out.


Recent Comments "Earthquakes in London"

This was an amazing play! I don't think I've read anything quite like it before. The transitions, especially, were very interesting. With its messages and creativity and how everything is held together, it's definitely worth a read.

Although there's no doubting Bartlett's unfettered imagination and his courage in attempting this huge phantasmagorical epic, not everything worked for me in it; most problematic was the entirety of the 5th act, jumping between modern London and an imagined 2525. Perhaps it plays much better than it reads, but given the enormity of the expense and cast involved in its production, doubtful I will ever be able to see one to tell.

I really don't like this play (I have only read it though, I'm sure it's different to watch). I found it really pretentious and thought that it was all over the place. Then again, I'm not a very arty person and am severely lacking in sophistication! Bartlett is undoubtedly a superior writer to me and I wish I had an appreciation for his style, but it's not for me.

Read for audition and retread a few more times because of being cast as an understudy. Lots of layers that reveal themselves with each reading.

Three sisters and a number of other seemingly unrelated characters are each dealing with their own lives and issues that affect them. The plot brings them together. Thought provoking.


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