Bartlett’s work includes the current BBC Series Life starring Alison Steadman, Adrian Lester and Victoria Hamilton, Olivier award winning play King Charles III and the Doctor Foster series starring Suranne Jones and Carvel.
The audio play is an exploration of Britain’s relationship with its government and is part of the nationwide ‘Signal Fires’ scheme created by Headlong and English Touring Theatre. The piece has sound design by Ben and Max Ringham.
Richard Twyman, artistic director and Sophie Scull, executive producer of ETT, said: “As we head into a second lockdown, we’re delighted to be able to offer this short story by Mike Bartlett that looks at how the trust of the first was broken. We were originally due to produce a live storytelling event for an audience gathered around a fire, as part of Signal Fires.
“But as we’re unable to gather in person, Mike wrote a new piece, set by a fire, for audiences to enjoy at home. Performed by the extraordinary Bertie Carvel we hope audiences can sit back, light a candle or a fire and listen to this offering for Bonfire Night and the dark evenings ahead.”
Whilst Carvel is best known for his TV roles as Jonathan Strange in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Simon Foster in Doctor Foster, he has numerous stage credits to his name including award winning performances as Rupert Murdoch in James Graham’s Ink and Miss Trunchbull in Matilda The Musical.
Phoenix is available now via the ETT website, social media, iTunes and Spotify.