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Cockby Mike Bartlett
Synopses & Reviews
'But that's what this is, isn't it? The ultimate bitch fight.'
When John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. Filled with guilt and indecision, he decides there is only one way to straighten this out...
Mike Bartlett's punchy new story takes a playful, candid look at one man's sexuality and the difficulties that arise when you realise you have a choice. With carefully poised dialectics, "Cock" explores ambivalence in love and human nature through a nexus of emotions, relations and choices. Stripping back the whole drama to its essential language only, this is a masterpiece of strong characters and well-crafted dialogue.
Publication of this play coincided with its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, London in November 2009.
About the Author
Mike Barlett's debut, My Child (Royal Court, May 2007) saw him hailed by The Stage as 'one of the most exciting new talents to emerge in recent times'. He is a winner of the Old Vic New Voices Award for Artefacts (Bush Theatre), and is currently participating in the prestigious Pearson Playwrights Scheme. He won the Writer's Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for his radio play, Not Talking.
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