I’m delighted to return to the Barn Theatre after the success of its inaugural production, family musical The Secret Garden – including a fantastic Q&A with the company, be sure to watch the full livestream here – for their new show, a major new take on Simon Stephens’ play One Minute.
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’.
The five-strong One Minute cast features Bad Education, Sherlock and Misfits television star Jack Bence, alongside Rebecca Crankshaw, Sarah Hanly, Gary Summers and Sophie May Wake.
This brand-new production will also mark the directorial debut of the Barn’s 29-year-old artistic director Iwan Lewis, a former West End actor himself. He comments:
“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.”