The Second Minute

Thursday 17th April 2014

“These are real people that really existed, and these are their real words.” – Andy Barrett

The Second Minute is a new play by writer Andy Barrett. It marks our own contribution to the neat14 festival which takes place 23 May – 1 June. The show is an intimate three-hander destined for a wide-ranging tour of village halls and community venues.

The Second Minute tells the story of real life soldier Thomas Swann, whose family kept the Crown Inn in Rolleston, near Southwell. Thomas was a member of the region’s own regiment, the Sherwood Foresters, and many of his letters are archived at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell which is where Andy Barrett discovered them and decided that he wanted to tell Thomas’s story.

Our Backstage Pass members will have the opportunity to be the very first to see it – see below.

Starring in The Second Minute is Beatrice Comins as archivist Laura. Beatrice has worked with director Giles Croft before, on the 2002 staging of Ethel and Ernest. Rob Goll will play her ex-military assistant, Alan. Completing the cast as Thomas Swann is Adam Horvath, a graduate of our Youth Theatre.

Alongside its regional tour, the show has three performances in Nottingham during neat14: here in the Neville Studio on Monday 26 May at 4pm and 7pm, and at the Chase Neighbourhood Centre in St Ann’s on Tuesday 27 May at 2pm.

Backstage Pass members are in line to be the first to see The Second Minute

Backstage Pass members will have the opportunity to see The Second Minute before anyone else at a special preview performance on Wednesday 30 April at 8pm. Tickets are £5 per person. For £16, in addition to the show, Backstage Pass members can join us at 6.30pm in CAST to enjoy a pre-show talk from the director Giles Croft and a delicious buffet and glass of wine. Tickets for this must be booked directly with the Box Office by calling 0115 941 9419. If you’re not a Backstage Pass member, find out how you can be here.

Photo by Derek Graham. L-R Director Giles Croft and cast members Adam Horvath, Rob Goll and Beatrice Comins read Andy Barrett’s script together for the first time, on the first morning of rehearsals for The Second Minute.