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Wed 8 Nov mac, 8pm Tickets £12 (concession £10) Box office - 0121 446 3232
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Time Critical was created for our 25th Anniversary Party and premiered at mac on 30th November 2016
Two performers confront each other across a table, a chess clock between them. Her job is to compress the history of the world over the last 26 years into 26 minutes; his is to do the same for Stan's Cafe.
Action snaps back and forth between global and domestic events, accelerating as time ticks down. Fast moving and densely packed with humour and pathos, the show contains fragments from nine old Stan's Cafe shows recreated in their historical context.
We are invited to think about ourselves in relation to the wider world, how personal histories interweave with world events. We are reminded how much has happened, how much has changed and how little has moved on.
First performed for the company's 25th Anniversary in November 2016 this reworked version of the show is two minutes longer (as a year has passed). Audiences of the original show enjoyed its fast pace and engaging virtuoso performances. They enjoyed being reminded of historical events and thinking what they were doing when the action depicted in the show took place. People said the show was clever and fun, playful and dense with material building to a breakneck finale as the performers race to beat the clock.
There are comic situations, evocative moments and plenty to reflect on. It's a good night out, hopefully you'll never want it to end, but you'll know exactly when it will as you can see the show's twin clocks ticking down to zero throughout.
Performed in 2017 by: Craig Stephens and Amy Taylor
Performed in 2016 by: Rochi Rampal and Craig Stephens
Devised by: Rochi Rampal, Craig Stephens and James Yarker
Directed by: James Yarker
Lighting: Frances Rice
Music and Sound:Stan Shows: Richard Chew, Brian Duffy, Jon Ward, Nina West.
Photography: Graeme Braidwood
Administrator: Jessie Coller
Executive Producer: Roisin Caffrey
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