Cast Announcement for Simon Stephens’ One Minute at Barn Theatre

Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens © Alex Rumford

Following the huge success of The Secret Garden musical, The Barn Theatre has announced its second production: One Minute by the Olivier and Tony award-winning playwright, Simon Stephens. The play, which follows the stories of five characters who become united after the disappearance of a child, marks 29 year old Artistic Director, Iwan Lewis’s directorial debut.

Running from 19th May – 16th June 2018 the cast includes star of Bad Education, Sherlock and Misfits, Jack Bence; Rebecca Crankshaw, Sarah Hanly; Gary Summers and Sophie May Wake. One Minute is directed by Iwan Lewis and produced by The Barn Theatre; movement direction is by Naomi Said with an original soundtrack by Harry Smith.

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’s 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’.

Artistic Director of Barn Theatre and Director of One Minute, Iwan Lewis said: “I’m delighted to direct One Minute. We follow these stories in the media, we get totally wrapped up in the story, they become part of our lives and then suddenly you hear nothing more. Some people have to live the rest of their lives with these tragedies. I’m interested to explore how the world has changed since the play was written in 2002, with the huge influence that digital media now has on our lives, and how that might translate in terms of the characters’ experience. Simon is one of the UK’s most exciting playwrights and it’s incredible to be bringing this quality of work to the Barn Theatre.”

Simon Stephens is an Olivier award-winning playwright. His adaption of Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Olivier and Tony Awards for best new play (National Theatre), 2012. Early work at the Royal Court includes Bluebird (1998); Herons (2001) and Country Music (2004). His plays Motortown and Harper Regan were staged at The National Theatre in 2006 and 2008 respectively. His play, Punk Rock won the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production in 2009 and in 2013, his new version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House premiered at the Young Vic, subsequently transferring to the Duke of York’s Theatre.

More recent writing includes 2015’s Song from far Away, directed by award-winning Belgian director Ivo van Hove which received its UK premiere at the Young Vic. His version of Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera opened at the National in May 2016. In 2017, Nuclear War opened at the Royal Court, Obsession at the Barbican, Fatherland at the Royal Exchange Manchester, and his adaptation of The Seagull at Lyric Hammersmith. Simon also writes for radio and film and is Artistic Associate at the Lyric Theatre and Associate Playwright at the Royal Court.  Other awards include the 2001 Pearson Award for Best Play for Port and the 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play for On the Shore of the Wide World. Simon won the Theater Heute’s Award for Motortown in 2007, Pornography in 2008 and Wastwater in 2011.

 Jack Bence is from East London and is best known or playing Grayson in the last three series of BBC 3’s Bad Education. His numerous additional television credits include Raz in Sherlock; Darren in Misfits;  Freddy in Midsomer Murders – Death in the Slow Lane and Tony in Armstrong and Miller. He has also featured in Peep Show, Primeaval, Waking the Dead and Ahead of the Class. Theatre credits include: Rough Cuts for The Royal Court and Swimming for Soho Theatre. Film credits include: Hereafter (Warner Brothers) and Blitz (Lionsgate).

Garry Summers trained at the Royal School of Speech and Drama. His theatre credits include: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Park Theatre); Milan Kane in The Superhero (Lyric Hammersmith); Ben in Passing; (Pint Sized Theatre); Bram Stoker in The Knight from Nowhere; (Park Theatre); Christian in The Bells (Park Theatre). Film credits include: Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox); The Laura Marlin Mysteries – Dead Man’s Cove (Mrs E Film Partners); Armchair Detectives (Tiger Aspect); The End of the F**king World (Clerkenwell Films/E4/Netflix); Emmerdale (ITV): Outlander (Sony/Starz); The Royals (Privileged Productions / E!); River City (BBC Scotland) and Casualty (BBC).

Rebecca Crankshaw trained with The Actors’ Company at London Centre for Theatre Studies, and studied Meisner technique with The Impulse Company under Scott Williams. She made her debut at The New Players and has appeared regularly on the London fringe. Most recently, Rebecca performed in Christopher Green’s Prurience at the Southbank Centre, an OFFIES Finalist production 2018. She has also played Hieronimo in The Spanish Tragedy at The Old Red Lion, performed in Outbox Theatre’s multi-starred show, Affection, and appeared in Sarah Kosar’s debut play Hot Dog. She was the supporting lead in the award-winning short Barren (Barcelona Short Film Festival) and has appeared in the BBC drama Doctors. Rebecca is also a voice artist, and has an ongoing role as Zeera Voss in Big Finish’s iconic Blake’s 7 series. She has recorded numerous audiobooks for Amazon Audible and has recently re-voiced a main character in a Disney production at Pinewood. She is looking forward to returning to Pinewood to make her video game debut later this year, as well as to the UK tour of Prurience in the Autumn.

Sarah Hanly trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Performers College. Theatre credits include starring in her own, self-penned one woman show, Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks (Southwark Playhouse/Leicester Square Theatre/Above the Arts Theatre/Theatre N16 (Maiden Speech Festival)); Greek Dancer in the BBC’s – Charlie Gillett Stage (WOMAD Festival). Film credits include: Lil Ryan in The Hole in the Ground (Savage Productions). Short Film credits include: Miss Shawcroft in There, They’re, Their (Channel 4 Random Acts); Surreal Woman in Rebirth (Channel 4 Random Acts and Calpurnia in Dogs of War.

Sophie May Wake trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre credits include: U/S Sheila Birling in An Inspector Calls (Playhouse Theatre); Young Phyllis in Follies (Toulon Opera House); The Fox in The Little Prince (Lamplighter Productions/Lyric Theatre Belfast); Rudolfi/Nurse in Black Snow (Moscow Arts Theatre). Television credits include: Eve Unwin in Doctors (BBC1) and Mabel in Mr Selfridge ITV). Film credits include: Precious Little Things (Nightpiece Film); Neon (Joker’s Pack Production) and White Paint (Albi Films).

Iwan Lewis is the Artistic Director of the Barn Theatre, having co-conceived the project and seen through to its completion. It’s a deep passion for storytelling passion that drives his ambition for The Barn Theatre to become a respected professional regional producing house. Brought up in Llandeilo in West Wales, Iwan has made Cirencester his home and is committed to sharing innovative theatre in the South West, and is one of a new breed of directors reaching the next generation of theatre-lovers. Since training at The Guildford School of Acting, he has played a number of lead roles: Emmett in Legally Blonde in the national UK tour; Lemar in Godspell at the Union Theatre; Private Augenti in the award-winning Passion at The Donmar Warehouse, London; Bahorel in the academy award-winning Les Miserables feature film directed by Tom Hooper; and The Oarsman in Therese Raquin at The Park Theatre, London.

 Harry Smith has been writing and producing music for the last decade. He initially gained a following producing electronic dance music, most recently his drum & bass project Demigroove, before venturing into music and sound for film. His 2017 feature film debut, Hakkunde, has won multiple awards from film festivals around the globe and was recently selected to be screened at the 15th Cannes Pan African Film Festival. He has since gone on to score several short films in collaboration with production company VHS and digital magazine INTO, before joining the Barn Theatre as composer and sound designer for their production of One Minute.

Naomi Said’s Movement & Choreography includes: Beginning (NT & West End), Quiz (Chichester & West End), Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios & Irish Rep, NYC), Myth (RSC), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Donmar Warehouse), Forty Years On (Chichester), To Kill A Mockingbird (Regent’s Park), Kevin Spacey Gala (Old Vic), Wonderland (Nottingham Playhouse), Watership Down (Watermill) and Wasted (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Tickets: £14 – £28

Box Office: / 01285 648255

Previews: 19th & 21st May (7:30pm)

Running time: 2 hours 15 mins (inc. interval)

Opening week performances: 23rd May 6:30pm (press night)


Standard week performances: Monday 7:30pm Tuesday 7:30pm Wednesday 7:30pm Thursday 2:30pm & 7:30pm Friday 7:30pm Saturday 2:30pm & 7:30pm