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.
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.
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.
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.
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.