DOI: 10.5040/9781408167373.00000004
Scenes: 4. Roles: Male (2) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

A child goes missing, vanishes into thin air, leaving a tender, fragmentary play about the inarticulacy of grief.

One Minute follows several connected characters through their struggles with Daisy Schults’s disappearance: the two policemen investigating the disappearance; Daisy’s mother Anne; and Marie Louise, a woman who glimpsed Daisy after she had been separated from her mother. Robert is new to the police force, and his enthusiasm for the case is keener than that of his cynical colleague Gary. Mary Louise begins a strange friendship with a woman who knows Gary from the café where she works. Anne’s life has stopped: she wants to know when ‘missing’ becomes ‘presumed dead’.

One Minute is a disquieting portrait of the lives that are united in the single moment it takes for a child to disappear. The play premiered in 2003 at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield.

From Stephens Plays: 2

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Simon Stephens

ISBN: 9781408113912

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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