By the end of the play there is a horrifying awareness that a variation of this story is currently being enacted for real somewhere in the near vicinity: in immediate families, next door, down the road, but certainly not further away than the next suburb. This is a situation, indeed a problem that concerns everyone and there is no doubt that it should be put in front of the eyes and ears of the young people who need to hear.
Following an acclaimed season at the Hampstead Downstairs last year, James Fritz’s Olivier nominated debut play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds will transfer to the Trafalgar Studios this November. Seventeen year old Jack is the apple of his mother’s eye. Di and David have devoted their whole lives to giving him every opportunity they never had. But a startling incident outside the school gates threatens to ruin everything they’ve strived for – an incident that suggests a deep hatred of their son. As events develop, they struggle to find answers, doubting Jack’s friends, Jack himself and ultimately themselves. Who can they trust as faith in their son’s innocence begins to crumble? In a world where smartphones are ubiquitous, James Fritz’s deeply provocative and desperately relevant drama throws light on the insidious opportunities new technology offers – where nothing dies online, except reputation. The cast from the Hampstead Downstairs production will be … Read more