Suspicious Minds

3rd Oct 2017 - 8th Oct 2017

StageSpace - Pleasance London

7:45pm, 5:30pm

Suitable for ages 16 and above


It's been a particularly tough year for Mark and Fran. Mark's Dad died of cardiac arrest whilst playing squash. Fran f*cked someone. In a last-ditch attempt to fix their relationship, they book a commercial time-travel holiday. Spanning from Ancient Rome to an Elvis Concert in Hawaii, this is an honest and dark romantic-comedy about wrestling with the past and working on the future. A Pleasance co-production, developed at the Battersea Arts Centre.

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The production is a neatly staged radio play, almost a show about a show, which cleverly makes four people sitting behind desks into theatre. While the leads don’t act demonstrably, taking on their characters’ ennui, it’s still possible to invest in their bitter-sweet and sadly comic tale. The host of other characters and the mechanics of the live Foley effects keeps it all entertaining.
4 stars
Edinburgh Guide
For a couple of reasons, this production which is staged as a live radio production is special [...] the novelties make this endearing play genuinely different, which is always a big selling point
4 stars
British Theatre Guide
Fowler’s writing was brutally honest [...] As one to surely watch for the future; Suspicious Minds displays a fine example of experimentation in form and weaves together a funny and often moving narrative, which its four performers matched with aplomb.
4 stars
The 730 Review
Fowler’s script is brilliant, treading the line between epic travel and focusing on the ins, outs, and ordinariness of Fran and Mark’s relationship. [...] It’s clever writing, but Fowler manages this without ever losing touch with the humanity of the story.
4 stars
A Younger Theatre
A wry blend of humour, pathos and emotional honesty, with a refreshing sci-fi twist. The characters are believably, recognisably flawed and the regular laughs keep things from getting too maudlin, without ever undermining the emotional heft of the performances. Eschewing clichés and obvious endings.
4 stars
Three Weeks

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