Being raised in a 21st Century, globalised world we are losing sight of the things that matter. We are moving away from community and spirituality and heading for competition and disconnectivity. The little people are becoming smaller. The invention of the Internet and magnitude of its reach has created a void in human communication. People seek gratification from buying things they cannot afford in order to show them off to their friends. When the Clock Strikes, written by Genna Bard looks at the time we have left in the world. The significance we hold as an individual, the little things that appear irrelevant but remain as valuable as ever. Time is uncontrollable. If you had to live your whole life in 24 hours what would you do? When the Clock Strikes demonstrates the boundaries that time holds; the restraints it puts on the individual and the inherent fears people have about fulfilling all their dreams in time. People have become stuck in cycles, daily routines and patterns pre-determined by time. If we were to remove the clocks and live each moment, minute to minute, would this relax our perceptions of time? When Midnight brings three characters together one Christmas, they all have something in common. Fear is gripping them, as they are about to embark upon new chapters in their lives. What can they learn from each other in order to surpass this fear? Midnight is waiting for it to stop…
Written by Genna Bard & Directed by Susan Robertson, When The Clock Strikes was performed at The Traverse Theatre Edinburgh as part of the Bated Breath young director festival in March 2012.
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