DOI: 10.5040/9781784603885.00000002
Scenes: 4. Roles: Male (2) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Mike Bartlett's Wild is a darkly comic play about challenging the status quo at a global level, based on the case of Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who copied and leaked classified information from the US National Security Agency in 2013. The play was first performed at Hampstead Theatre, London, on 11 June 2016.

The play takes place, according to the opening stage direction, in a 'nondescript hotel room'. Andrew is an American whistleblower whose outrage at governmental use of mass surveillance has made him a stateless fugitive. He is currently holed up in a Moscow hotel, where he is visited separately by two people who seem to be messengers from an unnamed, WikiLeaks-style organisation offering him protection. The first, identified in the script only as 'Woman', introduces herself facetiously as 'Miss Prism', a character from Oscar Wilde's play, The Importance of Being Earnest. The second visitor, identified only as 'Man', initially claims to have no knowledge of the first. But this, as Andrew is set to discover, is a world in which nothing is certain: everything is in question, from personal identity to the very existence of that 'nondescript hotel room' Andrew believes he is occupying.

The Hampstead Theatre premiere was directed by James Macdonald and designed by Miriam Buether, with Caoilfhionn Dunne as Woman, Jack Farthing as Andrew and John Mackay as Man.

The final performance of the Hampstead Theatre run, on Saturday 23 July, was live-streamed worldwide on the internet.

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Nick Hern Books

Mike Bartlett

ISBN: 9781848425729

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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