22-25 FEB, MALVERN & 28 FEB-3 MARCH, LUDLOW

FOUR MINUTES TWELVE SECONDS

by James Fritz

This highly charged 5 star awarded play kicks off our 2017 season with a bang.  First performed in 2014 at the Hampstead Theatre, the piece has had critical acclaim heaped up on it, with sensational reviews from The Times and The Guardian who awarded it 5 and 4 stars respectively.

Seventeen-year-old Jack is the apple of his mother’s eye. His parents, Di (ALEX LACEY) and David (MARK TOPPING), have devoted their lives to giving him every opportunity they never had. As a result, Jack is smart, outgoing, and well on his way to achieving the grades to study Law at Durham University.  He has a girlfriend, Cara (AMEY WOODHALL) whom is seen regularly at their house, and has many friends at school including a computer geek, Nick (CHRISTOPHER WALTHORNE).

But a startling incident outside the school gates threatens to ruin everything they’ve striven for: an incident that suggests a deep hatred of their son. As events begin to accelerate, Di and David start to doubt Jack’s closest friends, Jack himself, and ultimately themselves – who can they trust?

In a world where smartphones are ubiquitous, James Fritz’s deeply provocative and topical drama throws a light on the sorts of insidious opportunities new technology offers – where nothing dies online, except reputation.

OPENING NIGHT REVIEW (by Phil Leach)
The Coach House, Malvern

‘An engaging and challenging piece of writing, the pace and delivery of the performances across the board enhanced the tension and growing unease of the story as it unfolded. The naturalistic delivery of the lines was outstanding and I almost wondered if it was semi-improvised, which I know now was not the case. Alex Lacey as Di and Mark Topping as David had huge roles to inhabit and they did so with confidence and tremendous belief which was maintained from start to finish. Top class performances. The power of the piece was helped by there being no interval which allowed the tension to be cranked up steadily as more details of the events were revealed. 

The soundscape and projections helped to add to that growing sense of menace. The simple staging and effective lighting also added appropriately.

Special mention should be made of Christopher Walthorne as Nick and Amey Woodhall as Cara who were both tremendous. The portrayal of Nick ranged from funny to tender and was a hugely enjoyable performance. The part of Cara was not at all easy and the anger, frustration and hurt came across loud and clear. Two fine young actors.

Huge credit to the Director, Andrew Whittle. who allowed the piece to flow beautifully. There was undoubtedly a lot of thought and care in the direction which has brought this piece to life quite brilliantly.

All in all a hugely impressive and enjoyable piece of theatre, and anyone thinking of seeing this production should ensure that they and their friends don’t miss it.’
Phil Leach, Worcester

TOUR DATES

The production is being performed at:

THE COACH HOUSE, MALVERN: 22-25 FEBRUARY

To book tickets online, click here

THE LUDLOW BREWERY, LUDLOW: 28 FEB – 3 MARCH

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or call the Ticket Sales Hotline on 0845 680 1926
(Mon to Fri 9am – 5pmSat 10am – 1pm)

TEASER TRAILER FILMS

We created four short ‘teaser trailer’ films, each featuring one of the four characters from the play. To watch, click the pictures.

To watch the official theatrical trailer film, please click on the link image below.
TEASER TRAILER NO.1: ‘Di’

 TEASER TRAILER NO.2: ‘David’

TEASER TRAILER NO.3: ‘Nick’

TEASER TRAILER NO.4: ‘Cara’

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One comment

  1. Congratulations to all of the cast on a lovely performance of Polly Teale’s Mermaid this evening. In particular, it was great to see some fabulous young actors working so well together on stage. Well done to all!

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