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Mike Bartlett’s stirring play, An Intervention, comes to Riverside

Murmuration Studios Presents

An Intervention by Mike Bartlett


Mike Bartlett's stirring play provocatively questions our responsibilities as friends and citizens who sometimes let each other down. 


A playful and touching two-hander with a mischievous look at friendship in its many forms. One friend went on an anti-war protest, shouted their lungs out and then got staggeringly drunk. The other stayed home, watched TV for a bit, and thought about the future.


Against the backdrop of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, An Intervention is a necessary conduit for navigating our way and making sense of our lives. This play feels more poignant, impactful & necessary than ever.


“I think I’d feel a lot more sorrow for a perfectly decent stranger I hadn’t previously met than the good friend, if not best friend, I unfortunately have previously met, who’s standing in front of me calling me an alcoholic and advocating a big war”


Mike Bartlett is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been seen at theatres including the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Old Vic.


An Intervention is brought to you by Murmuration Studios. Director Alice Wordsworth is winner of the Birkbeck MFA Award for Most Developed Director and Associate Director on the National Tour of An Hour & A Half Late (Theatre Royal Bath) and Gulliver’s Travels (Unicorn Theatre). The production stars Drama Centre graduates Rachel De Fontes and Ed McVey. Rachel marked her feature film debut this year alongside Guy Pearce in The Infernal Machine and Ed McVey recently understudied and performed in the Old Vic’s Camp Siegfried



Writer: Mike Bartlett

Director: Alice Wordsworth 

Cast: Rachel D’Fontes & Ed McVey

Sound Design: Jack Baxter

Lighting Design: Catja Hamilton



10th - 15th May, 8pm / Matinees 2:30 pm



£26 Standard  £21 Concession


By arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

10% of box office earnings for this amateur production will go toward global conflict relief efforts.