Preparations are well underway for the Barn Theatre’s much-anticipated new production of Simon Stephens’ One Minute, the theatre’s follow-up to its extended, wildly popular inaugural offering of The Secret Garden. Take a peek inside the rehearsal room with the cast and artistic director Iwan Lewis, who makes his directorial debut with the play – and then get booking!
One Minute, which follows the stories of five characters united after the disappearance of a child, runs at the Barn Theatre, the new, state-of-the-art Cotswolds venue, from 19 May to 16 June 2018, with a press night on 23 May. There will also be a post-show Q&A hosted by MyTheatreMates co-founder Terri Paddock following the evening performance on Friday 25 May.
This brand-new production considers Simon Stephens’ 2002 play through the lens of today’s social media spins on such tragedies. It marks the directorial debut of the Barn’s 29-year-old artistic director Iwan Lewis, a former West End actor himself. The five-strong cast features Bad Education, Sherlock and Misfits television star Jack Bence, alongside Rebecca Crankshaw, Sarah Hanly, Gary Summers and Sophie May Wake.
A child goes missing, vanishes into thin air, leaving a tender, fragmentary play about the inarticulacy of grief.
One Minute is a disquieting portrait of lives that are united in the single moment it takes for a child to disappear. The play follows several connected characters through their struggles with Daisy Schults’ disappearance: the two policemen investigating the disappearance; Daisy’s mother Anne; and Marie Louise, a woman who believes she glimpsed Daisy after she had been separated from her mother.
Robert is new to the police force, and his enthusiasm for the case is keener than that of his cynical colleague Gary. Mary Louise begins a strange friendship with a woman who knows Gary from the café where she works. Anne’s life has stopped: she wants to know when ‘missing’ becomes ‘presumed dead’.
One Minute is designed by PJ McEvoy, who also designed The Secret Garden, with video projection by Alex Crisp and original music composed by Harry Smith. It’s produced by Jamie Chapman Dixon for the Barn Theatre, with associate producer Ben Collins. This production is not suitable for children.
On average, every year, almost 180,000 people, of all ages, go missing in the United Kingdom. The charity Missing People works to share sightings in order to reduce that number and to provide a support to those affected by the disappearances. The Barn Theatre is proud to support Missing People and highlight their good work during the run of One Minute. For more information, visit www.missingpeople.org.uk
— Barn Theatre (@Btheatreciren) May 4, 2018
One Minute runs from 19 May to 16 June 2018 at The Barn, 5 Beeches Road, Cirencester GL7 1BN. Performances are Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £14-£28. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!