Info and Images for One Minute Barn Theatre

Rebecca Crankshaw in One Minute at The Barn Theatre

Rebecca Crankshaw in One Minute at The Barn Theatre

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 Sean Hollands 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.”