One Minute. Simon Stephens powerful missing child drama comes to The Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Read our One Minute review from Barn Theatre.

The powerful missing child drama, One Minute, will open at The Barn, Cirencester, later this month, marking the directorial debut of the venue’s 29-year-old artistic director, and driving force, Iwan Lewis.

One Minute, by the Olivier and Tony award-winning playwright, Simon Stephens, follows the stories of five characters who become united after the disappearance of a child.

It will be the Cotswolds’ theatre’s second production following the huge success of its Secret Garden musical.

Running from May 19 the cast is led by the star of Bad Education, Sherlock and Misfits, Jack Bence, who plays cop, Robert Evans.

He is joined by Rebecca Crankshaw, Sarah Hanly, Garry Summers and Sophie May Wake.

One Minute is a disquieting portrait of lives that are united in the single moment it takes for a young girl, Daisy Schults, to disappear.

We meet the two policemen investigating the disappearance; Daisy’s mother, Anne; and Marie Louise, a woman who believes she spotted the youngster after she had been separated from her mother.

Robert Evans is new to the force and his enthusiasm for the case is keener than that of his cynical colleague, Gary (Summers).

Mary Louise begins a strange friendship with a woman who knows Gary from the café where she works while Anne’s life has just stopped. She wants to know when ‘missing’ becomes ‘presumed dead’.

Jack Bence is best known for playing Grayson in the last three series of BBC3’s Bad Education. Other TV credits include Sherlock, Misfits, Midsomer Murders, Armstrong and Miller, Peep Show and Waking the Dead.

Barn Theatre artistic director, 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.”

Iwan Lewis co-conceived the idea of The Barn Theatre and has seen it through to its completion. His ambition is to make The Barn a major, professional, regional powerhouse, producing top quality work.

Iwan, who now lives in Cirencester, is committed to producing innovative theatre in the South West and is one of a new breed of directors reaching the next generation of theatre-lovers.

One Minute, produced by The Barn Theatre with an original soundtrack by Harry Smith, runs from May 19 – June 16.

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