By Mike Bartlett Wed 20 Feb - Sat 22 Mar, 2008

nabokov in association with the Bush Theatre presents the World premiere of ARTEFACTS by Mike Bartlett

Sixteen-year-old Kelly has never known her Dad. Turns out he?s from Iraq, which her mum never mentioned, and he?s brought an ancient Mesopotamian vase as some kind of present. But Kelly doesn?t want a vase. She wants her Dad to stay and get to know her. It?s not the reunion either of them expected and for Kelly, it?s the beginning of an epic and dangerous journey.

Mike Bartlett has been described as ?One of the most exciting new talents to emerge in recent times? (The Stage). His first play My Child was called ?Brutal, thrilling, unmissable? (Evening Standard) and ?The theatrical equivalent of a firecracker? (Metro).

nabokov is a national and international touring new writing company dedicated to developing and producing new work that responds to contemporary agendas. nabokov's last production, the World Premiere of Edmund White's TERRE HAUTE ('Topical, transgressive and thrillingly dramatic' - Telegraph) played Trafalgar Studios last year and opens in New York in 2009.

National Tour 2008
26 & 27 March
Emlyn Williams Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold.
7 & 8 April
The McCarthy Studio, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
10 - 12 April
Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal
23 eve & 24 April mat & eve
Salberg Studio, Salisbury Playhouse.
30 April
Norwich Playhouse.
1 ? 2 May
Mercury Theatre, Colchester.
6 ? 10 May
Drum Theatre Plymouth.

New York
21 May - 8 June 2008
59East59 Theaters, New York, NY 10022


What the papers say

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'This is dramatic writing of a very high order indeed ... a meticulously crafted play ... with a dazzling performance from Lizzy Watts.'

Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

'Embarrassment of riches doesn't begin to cover it. I cannot recall when last I saw so much, on both narrative and thematic would be hard pressed to find its equal playing in London.'

Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times


Producer - Emma Brunjes
Design - Lucy Osborne
Lighting Design - Hartley T A Kemp
Music - Arthur Darvill


cast includes

Mouna Albakry
Karen Ascoe
Amy Hamdoon
Peter Polycarpou
Lizzy Watts