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Thoroughly modern Mike

Mike Bartlett has gained a reputation as one of Britain’s best young playwrights. Ahead of his new play for the National Theatre, he talks to Prospect about creating theatre for the 21st century

By David Wolf   September 2011

The set of Bartlett’s play My Child was part tube carriage, part coffee shop

For over a decade novelists have been fretting about the impact of our buzzing, connected, confusing modern world on their craft. The writer Walter Kirn pinpointed this anxiety in a 2006 article for Slate: “In the age of networked everything, life moves sideways and covers lots of ground while barely touching the earth. The events of the other morning spanned several continents, brought me into contact with dozens of people, touched on themes that ranged from sex to war, and nearly cost me my identity… It…

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