Belt Up’s Twenty Minutes to Nine (3 stars)

Compelling performance with uncertain audience-actor dynamic


This article is from 2011.

Belt Up’s Twenty Minutes to Nine

This young company continue their commitment to fine storytelling in this solo piece documenting the unresolved history of an embittered woman (who may or may not be a famous literary archetype), inviting the audience into her secluded world to hear ‘a piece of marvellous gossip’. The actress gives a compelling performance of fine-tuned malice, but an uncertain audience-actor dynamic and the ultimate irresolution of the tale render this somewhat too opaque.

C Soco, 0845 260 1234, until 29 Aug, 5.45pm, £10.50–£12.50 (£8.50–£9.50).

Belt Up's Twenty Minutes to Nine

  • 3 stars

Settle down, sip some tea and allow the award-winning company 'transforming what we can expect from a night at the theatre' (Observer) to take you on a journey though the captivating tales of a decaying old ractonteuse. From James Wilkes, the writer behind the Fringe sell out shows The Tartuffe and Atrium comes an…


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