Four Minutes Twelve Seconds

By James Fritz

Synopsis:

Yes this is an edgy play
Yes it contains strong language
Yes it deals with adult themes
Yes it is uncomfortable and challenging
And YES everyone should see it.

Why? Because this play by James Fritz is a deeply provocative and topical drama.

At 17 years old, and about to sit the exams that will hopefully send him off to a good university, Jack seems to have it made. But all that is set to change when he comes home one day with his shirt covered in blood. We soon find out who is responsible and why they’ve done this – a suggestive video of Jack and his girlfriend Cara has appeared online. Only she’s not his girlfriend any longer and it looks like Jack has been trying to get even with her, so her family are after Jack. Of course, it is nowhere near as simple as Jack’s parents Di and David discover when they battle through general disbelief, parental protectiveness and liberal do-goodism. As one shocking revelation follows another, certainty evaporates and audiences are left reeling.

Whether a teenager, a student, a parent or a grandparent, you should see Four Minutes Twelve Seconds - a play in which there are no winners and no simple answers, but questions that will have you talking and thinking long after you have left the theatre.

This play contains strong language and adult themes. Recommended audience age 16+.

Four Minutes Twelve Seconds
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in March 2016.

Director/s | Cast:

Ann Ellison

Ann Ellison

Director

Fiona Costelloe

Fiona Costelloe

Cara

Tim Evans

Tim Evans

David

Hayley Fitton-Cook

Hayley Fitton-Cook

Di

James Langley

James Langley

Nick

Review/s of Four Minutes Twelve Seconds:

Review 1: "...quick-fire and witty dialogue, admirably paced and inflected."

Next Stage Theatre Company has a reputation for putting on plays that are new, challenging and controversial, a reputation triumphantly enhanced by Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, by James Fritz, running at the Mission Theatre until Saturday. Four minutes twelve seconds is the length of a video of a sexual act, performed by teenager Jack with his girlfriend Cara, which has found its way on to the internet.…click here to read the whole review.

By Brian Howe, Bath Chronicle

Review 2: "...a challenging ride but a valuable experience."

This undeniably relevant and contemporary play is about many things; the most obvious being the dangers of sharing intimate moments online. Alongside this Fritz makes many observations and comments largely on the attitudes and relationship of the parents and how to protect their son and enable him to move on in life, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. Di (Hayley Fitton Cook) and David (Tim…click here to read the whole review.

By Petra Schofield, Theatre Bath

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